Ok, I set up my sump, 30 gallong tall, about a month ago with some LS
, 20lbs, about 2 lbs of LR
and about 225 bioballs in all the waterfall areas. I had the return pump just looping into the drain section of the sump because I didn't have my new aquarium yet.
So, I set up my new aquarium, set the sump up on it, added about 200 lb. (makes a 4" DSB
) sand and 125 lbs. LR
(120 gallon aquarium). I also added about 30 lbs. LS
to the DSB
. Some of the rock was partially cured. A little over half was not cured. Anywho, after 3 days of adding the LR
, which was about 3 days after filling it with SW
, I tossed in 2 large, head-on shrimp. They've been there about 8 days now and are really looking terrible with decay and such.
So, here is the problem. My ammonia has been at .3 ppm
for about 3 days. Shouldn't it be on the rise by now? I mean, these babies are as decayed and falling apart as it gets, almost. Does anyone think that my cycle my be cut short? Or is the ammonia just taking its sweet time?
Temp is about 83 degrees F, 1.025 salinity, and my nitrates are reading pretty high, about 50 ppm
. Any thoughts or advice?