I tested my water and the ammonia was low and nitrate and nitrite came out to just near 0.
Any detectable amount of either NH3
is deadly to livestock. YOu have two options...take the remaining livestock back to the LFS
and let your tank cycle completely before adding anything to it or doing an aggressive series of water changes to keep the parameters at a more acceptable level for the livestock. Doing this will prolong your cycle however.
that is pretty good. You will find that Ph will change slightly with the lighting cycle.
My salt was at 1.028, which was kinda high since when I first started the tank it was at 1.024 which is where I wanted it
That is a bit high. Are you topping of for evaporation using SW
? Just in case, all top-offs should be done with FW
since the salt does not evaporate with the water.
Yup...just do very regular maintenance on the canitser as they can become NO3
factories with time if not cleaned. I would consider changing the substrate to LS
in the early stages, but CC will work. It also just requires more maintenance to keep NO3
in check. My biggest piece of advice is to just slow down. Rushing things in the early stages only makes things harder on you down the road (and more expensive).