I've just recently purchased a new kit of testers (drops, not strips) to double check my progress. I feel like my tank is taking a looooong time to cycle. It has been set up for at least one month. Last night I tested my nitrites and they were at the color just above zero (at work so I can't remember the numbers). This is a 15 gallon tank, 11lbs of cured live rock, 2-3 inches of sand (regular, not "live"). Filtered Fluval 105 and I've been running 32 watts of light over it while I wait to figure out how to raise my lighting (will be 64 watts). The lights have been on an increasing schedule starting with 3 hour a day and now close to 5 hours a day over the last few weeks. Nothing except three little specs of algae have grown on the tank walls (and by specs, I mean pin size and I just found them two days ago).
Now, I have been overly cautious and the water has been topped off or had 5% change every day, or every other day. Right now it has been three days since my last real maintenance. I am hoping to pick up another 7 - 10 lbs of cured live rock today, maybe this weekend.
Am I being impatient and my tank is on track or am I not doing something correctly? I keep expecting an algae bloom and or the dreaded red slime because I've been told this is just what happens.