Cycling But No Spikes??? Please Help
I am new to this forum and saltwater aquarium too. I have had my 75-gallon tank with 25lbs ground coral substrate, 25lbs cured live rock and 13lbs of live sand up and running for a little over 2-weeks now. A couple days after I set up the tank I added 2-damsels, so they have been in there about 2-weeks now. My ammonia level has always been between 0-.25 and my nitrite and nitrate has always been 0. I have been testing the water every other day for the past.
After week-1, I had to do a 20% water change because a little paint dust got into the tank through my A/C vent from a painter in my house painting a different room. That morning before I did the water change, the ammonia looked like it was wanting to go slightly higher than .25, but then I changed 20% of the water. Now it has been over a week since that change and the 2-damsels are doing fine but I am still not seeing any rises in anything at all. In fact, after I tested the water today it looked like the ammonia level was closer to 0 then .25 and nitrite and nitrate are still 0.
Can somebody please help me out with some infromation on this? Do you think I should add some more fish or crabs to help get things going?
I went to a fish store yesterday and the guy was telling me that everything is fine because the cured live rock, and he was trying hard to sell me a Tang. However, I think he just was looking for a sale.
My filter is a combo cannister filter and trickle filter. It has all 3-types of media.... filter pads, carbon pad, activated carbon, bio balls and ceramic cylinders. I also have a protein skimmer, producing minimal foam in the collection cup.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!