Day 34: The snails have been hard at work and the rocks are looking clean again. Looks like the coralline is slowly starting to spread too.
Day 30: The tank is almost a month old now and four days after addition the snails are still present and correct, phew! The sand has started to develop a layer of diatoms and there's a bit of hair algae growth on the top of the right-hand rock tower so I'm going to add a few more friends to help out the Trochus and Ceriths. In goes a couple of tiny scarlet hermit crabs with spare shells (no snacking on snails allowed in this tank thank you very much!) and, my absolute favourite snail, a conch.
Day 26: Oh yes the diatoms are really here now! Time to take the plunge and add a small clean up crew. I do feel a touch nervous as I have no way of knowing if the cycle has actually taken place or not, I've never set up a tank and not been able to follow the progression of ammonia to nitrite and then nitrite to nitrate. Still I'm going to trust that all is well and take the plunge. Two black-footed Trochus and two ceriths were introduced after careful acclimation.
Day 23: I'm finally starting to see a small amount of diatoms on the rock, nothing on the sand yet. Who knew that the appearance of algae in my new tank could fill me with so much excitement, we're on our way! I've still not detected any ammonia or nitrite, did I miss the cycle I wonder?
Hi, my name is Lisa and I live in Derby, UK. I am a self-confessed reefaholic!