I filled the tank on Saturday (6/14) with a mixture of tapwater and IO, added sand (Caribsea Ocean Direct, pre-rinsed with tapwater) and live rock (~25-30 lbs....had another large piece that I added a couple of days ago, bringing the total to around 45 lbs.) that was not pre-cleaned. I have since topped-off with around half a gallon of RO
water (now that my unit's working). Also this morning, out of fear, I moved around half the live rock back into the curing tub. I went home at lunch, stopping by the LFS
to look for the API master test kit, which they did not have. I instead purchased the API tests individually: ammonia, NO2
, and NO3
. Here are my readings:
: off the charts, > 5 and very purple
What am I looking at?