This is from my intro post just to give you some backround
I have a 14G hexagon tall tank with a light and a filter. This is the light that came with it Amazon.com: Penn-Plax - Aquarium- FL8 8Watt 12 Aquarilux Flurbul: Kitchen & Dining
I purchased a light timer and have it set 1/2 light for 3 hours, on for 10, 1/2 for 3 hours, and off for 8. I also purchased a heater and thermometer. So I went to my LFS
and talked to the guy there and I told him I was just starting out and what I needed to get. He gave me some salt, a bag of LS
, some LR
(6lbs), a salinity guage, a bottle of Live nitrifying bacteria for SW
, and a bottle that removes nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, chlorine and chloramines. He told me to mix the salt and water (1/2 cup per gallon obv.), test the salinity and start the filter. Then he said add the LR
, but not the LS
. Then add the additives I noted. Let it cycle for 3 days and then add the LS
. So today is day 4, and I added the LS
yesterday. I also bought a test kit but its the strips, which I found out are frowned upon for being not so accurate after I bought them, which was awesome. I will test everything tomorrow and post them. So for now Im just letting it cycle. Heres a pic of it today.
BTW my goals are to get a protein skimmer and have a FOWLR
tank with mostly inverts and some hardy fish. Eventually down the road I want to get seahorses, which I know are very sensitive and very hard to take care of, but I think my tank should be okay, I just need to build my knowledge.
So heres my questions..
How much longer do you think it should cycle?
When should I add a CUC? How many of what?
Am I doing anything wrong?
Any suggestions on helping my setup without changing the tank size?
Is my lighting okay for what I want?
Thanks in advance!
Update : 3/15
I did the tests today that I said I was going to do above. Heres the results
These are kind of appoximate because its the strips..
Salinity - 1.022
Ammonia - .3 ppm
Nitrate - 20 ppm
Nitrite - 3.0 ppm
Alkalinity - 300+
pH - 8.0
Temp - 76F
Heres a pic of the tester
So how can I get my Nitrite down? Water change or let it cycle out?