What is up with my cycle? I have a 10g nano FOWLR
tank with a few nerite snails, a turbo snail, and a camelshrimp. Also a few blue leg crabs.
I have about 10lbs of live rock and marine sand which I'm assuming should come alive. The tank has been running for about a week. Unfortunately my damsel fish passed, I heard they where akin to the danio, IE, a cycling fish. Cruel and to be truthful, I will never do a fish-in cycle after watching him suffer. I felt so bad.
Anyway, I finally got an API test kit. My readings are kinda weird. Ammonia is high, PH is perfect, but there is little to no nitrate or nitrite. What gives? I have a 160 gallon powerhead and a 20 gallon 4 stage filter with carbon and floss.
My other question is, our tap water is crazy friggin hard, like, 8.8 PPM
. I want to do a water change and I cannot buy RO
water or an RO
system as I'm flat freakin broke. Mixing in the salt with this hard water, along with my rock, would only make my PH sky rocket, right? Or would the salt and rock combo stabilize it?