I think 6-8 hours would be enough to see a spike. If you see ammonia or nitrite, it would be best to re-cycle the tank IMO
. If not, continue to feed the tank what you would feed a small fish, everyday to feed the bacteria. Get a small fish in there as soon as possible and monitor for stress and ammo/nitrite. Stock the tank very slowly so you don't overwhelm what's left of the bio-filter. Stock peaceful fish first, more aggressive last.
Originally Posted by frogspawn
little white things crawling all over my live rocks. i guess those are pods
Sounds like it could be copepods. They are smaller than amphipods, about 1/2-2/3 the size of a (.) period. HTH