Originally Posted by Supra
Didn't read the whole thread. What are you using for testing water chemistry? That seemed like a fairly quick cycle. 2.5 -3 wks. I'm not an expert. But something seems off with your parameters even though there reading fine.
Two separate API test kits.
I cycled with 50 pounds of reefrocks, 20 pounds of dead rock, and 20 pounds of live rock from Premium aquatics. Cycled using Ace hardware ammonia. Had nitrate and nitrite spikes. Believe me when I say it's cycled. I've cycled two freshwater tanks prior to this.
Before I sold my freshwater tank last week I tested this tank with two separate API test kits with identical results.
I'm doing 20% PWCs every other weekend. I'm using RODI
water with Novaqua+ added prior to adding to the tank. When doing PWC
I mix, circulate, and heat saltwater in a brute can.
Sorry I didn't include Ph. I tested Ph with API and my Vernier Ph probe. Both read 8-8.2.
Temp between 77.5-78.2
To acclimate I float bags for 15 minutes, transfer to an acclimate only bucket and drip acclimate for 1 hour minimum.