Hey guys, so I've set up my 29gallon fowlr
on Nov15/11 with 20lbs aragonite sand (the black one), ran it with a penguin 350 with bio wheel for 3 days with tap water and prime to remove chlorine, added instant ocean reef crystal until my salinity was around 1.023.. On Nov18/11, added 15 lbs. of Fiji LR
from my lfs
, ran that for 4 days and at Nov22/11 got 20lbs of pukani rock and added it in my tank, while taking two pieces (i think theyre only 5-7lbs) to my qt.
My fiji waited at least 4hrs before I could put it in the water as I went out to watch a movie with the lady.. The pukani LR
waited about 15 minutes for the drive home before I put it in the tank. I've been testing the water since I put in the first 15 lbs and have gotten readings of ammonia and nitrite that were pretty low, I didn't have any spikes of ammonia.. It would just go up to 0.25ppm on one day and then drop to 0 the next, my nitrite was 0 from day one.. although my nitrate levels have been consistently going up, right now its sitting at 10ppm, and I have (I believe its) diatoms growing and on one of my rock there's hair-like particles on top of the diatom. I'm also running a koralia 2 600gph powerhead, an old heater that I got few years ago (i dont know the wattage), and I didn't introduce pure ammonia or raw shrimp.
My question is: Could it be possible that theres enough bacteria in the live rock to cycle this fast?
I've asked the person that sold me the rocks at the lfs
and he said the pukanis were cured and were sitting in their tank for some time already.
What do you guys think? should I keep waiting (maybe introduce pure ammonia/shrimp?) or can I start adding my CUC by next week?