Set up new 45g saltwater tank about 2 weeks ago. Using RO
water, have 40ish pounds of live rock and 45lbs of CaribSea Arag-Alive
Starting cycling day 1 using some cocktail shrimp from the store stuffed in a stocking (recommended to me). I also used some API quickstart during setup and after a partial water change a week later.
I changed about 13 gallons of water at the 1 week mark and my readings the next day were (all test were done using API saltwater tests):
Temp - 77.8
salinity - 1.024
PH - 8
Ammonia - .3 (this has been higher but didn't want to list all my tests)
Nitrite - 3 (this has been higher but didn't want to list all my tests)
Nitrate - 70 (this has been higher but didn't want to list all my tests)
Tested last night and again this morning (right at two weeks in)
Temp - 77.1
PH - 8
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - little over 20
Question is, does it look right for the ammonia and nitrites to cycle to 0 that quick? I hear stories about it taking a month or longer.
Also, I have been using Instant Ocean Sea Buffer for the past couple day trying to raise the PH level but it doesn't seem to be doing anything. Any suggestions?