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!