So I've got my 36g up and running, no fish yet, just 25lb live rock, 20lb live sand and mechanics.
I added some raw shrimp to start the cycle and ammo is up to .5 ppm
, i pulled the raw shrimp after 3 or so hours because i didnt want the levels to get too high. nitrates are still reading 0. should i wait to see the nitrites jump and the ammonia drop now? and then the nitrites drop and nitrates jump?
From my understanding the purpose of a cycle is to ensure you have sufficient ammo and nitrite eating bacteria. so that when livestock introduces ammo to the system it will be metabolized into nitrates that can be removed via PWCs or through macroalgae growth.
So my question is... if I just wait now, and if the system processes the ammonia does that mean my tank is cycled or should i dump the shrimp back in for a longer period of time?
Any feedback on my understanding of the process is welcomed as well.