Keep doing the water changes throughout the cycle. It will minmize the amount of die off you have in the tank preserving additional life and hitchikers. The water changes will not prolong the cycle time.
In your notes at the bottom the listed specs have nitrate listed twice. I am guessing one is meant to be nitrite?
Keep an eye on the SG
. It was fine at 1.024 and is now 1.022. Maintaining a constant number is rather important and should be left closer to 1.025 based on your temp readings.
I wouldn't worry too much about the alk
testing at this point (save your $$) as long as the pH stays in a decent range. With the continued water changes, both of these should be maintained quite well depending on GPH
and tank cover.
The ammonia results results show the tank cycling but in marine aquaria, only free ammonia (NH3
) is necessary to test. Do to the higher pH levels maintained, total ammonia (NH4
) is not toxic and therefore does not need testing.
Looks good although the cam was offline :P