Originally Posted by Bear85
I am one week into my cycle and it looks like I am getting a major bloom is this normal ?
From my experience I used 2 raw shrimp as a ammonia source and let nature do its thing .
As the nitrogen cycle progressed algae did grow along with diatoms coving the sand .
I didn't change the water till after ammonia and nitrite tested 0
I also cheated to speed up the process and used a nitrifying bacteria called colony .
When nitrate was the only thing testing above 0 I did a 50% water change once a week till nitrate levels were as close to 0 as possible .
Add fish slow 1-2 fish every couple weeks
DON'T RUSH !
Rushing gets expensive