Today is day 11.
Temp 75.7º F
Ammonia 3 ppm
Nitrite 5 ppm
Nitrate 40 ppm
Alkalinity in excess of 300ppm
pH somewhere between 7.8 and 8.0
I put in a bottle of SmartStart when I started the tank, I have also been using Nutrifin Cycle, so far neither product has cycled the tank as quickly as the manufacture claims. SmartStart claims to cycle the tank "instantly." My local fish shop said he added fish to his aquariums right after putting it in, and has suffered no losses, but my tank would probably kill fish at this time. My ammonia seems to be holding steady at 3 ppm
, while nitrites and nitrates are climbing. My live rock was suppose to be already cured, as claimed by my LFS
that sold it to me, but I am wondering if that is not the case. Should I be doing anything other than waiting? Am I suppose to be vacuuming the sand, or cleaning the filter or anything while this is going on?