Ok trying to cycle this tank and Im not getting anywhere, or am I?
I posted about 6 days ago with this, here is an update. tank is 17 days into its life now. Used straight well water to fill the tank, immediatly had Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrate present in fairly small quantities. Currently the ammonia has dropped to 0, but never went high to start with(.25). Nitrites are 0, nut never went over .1 during this time. Nitrates started at 2.5, went to 0 for a week, now came back up to 2.5 today. Where in the world am I at in the cycling process?
I put 2 damsels into the tank on day 2. (Ive been chastized already, no need to further that) They have thrived the entire time and are very happy. Not the best friends ever, but I didnt expect them to be. 3 days ago (with no noticable increase in any readings) I added 2 firefish, 1 Blue Gold Chromis, 2 hermits and a turbo snail. I read the firefish and chromis would be hardy, so I figured I would add some load to the tank to kick the cycle harder. 2 days later the ammonia rose, now back to 0 on day 3 (2 readings, morning and night). Ph is 8.2, temp 83, sal 1.024.
Bubbles have developed in my substrate, which Ive read is good. I can see them through the glass and the occassional rise through the substrate. I have a film on the surface, so I need to start running a skimmer soon, but Im confused about where I stand.
55 gal FO
40 lb crushed coral gravel, 40 lb fine samoa pink sand on top of that, 20 lb of "live" sand (store bought) sprinkled on top of that. Substrate base has hills and valleys, ranging from 2" to 5" in depth (looks better and gives more surface area for sand). 1 300 gph ph
, 30/60 power filter which has been running the entire time. no other filtration.
I seek your wisdom.