First off I would like to thank you guys for putting such useful information on this site. I have learned more on this site than I would have learned in days at my local pet store.
I set up a 24 gal
nanocube back on 2/19. I have 12 pounds of LR
(bought at fish store) and that is pretty much it. It took a while to get the temp regulated (now at 78). I anticipated that I would be nearing by cycle end by now so I can move on with getting some crabs, snails, etc. I have been keeping the light off pretty much 24 hours per day (should I not do this?)
Here are my latest (as of an hour ago) test results.
Ph - 8.0
amm - 0.25
nitrate - 10
nitrite - 0
I have not done a partial water change at this point, only added a gallon of distilled due to evaporation. I have been using SeaChem liquid buffer and it has brought the ph
up from 7.8 in two days. Do I need to be adding calcium every other day as the fish store suggested? Also, I plan to have fish, LR
and corals in this tank. There is not much algae at all in the tank other than some small burgundy color blooms on the LR
Any pointers, suggestions, etc. are greatly appreciated.