Ready for Fish?
Your thoughts on my situation would be much appreciated!
I've been cycling my new saltwater tank for the last 17 days and I tested 2 days ago and it had a PH of 7.6 and roughly 0 ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. I added something recommended by the aquarium shop to bump up the PH after that test, and retested today, and the PH was around 8.2 and the other measures were all still 0.
My question: is the tank ready for fish in the next few days? From what I understand, the numbers are all good now, but should I wait it out another couple of weeks to be safe (I was expecting the cycling process to take about a month), or in your experiences is it okay after just a couple of weeks if the numbers are consistent (I would test again in a couple of days before I put fish in)?
I know this is a bit pedantic of me but just want to be safe as this is my first aquarium, and so I'm very keen to put fish in asap but don't want to rush if it's too quick!