Howaboutme & Brandon, out of curiosity here, only, I decided to test my water with salifert amonia, nitrate and nitrite.Here's my theory of what's happening in my tank. I believe it is "cycling" and it can be debated whether or not it's "ready". I believe you and I may agree that it is more ready than not. I also believe I am "stuck" at .25/.5ppm NH3 (API) and 0 NO2 and negligible NO3 because there is just not enough bioload to get those #'s higher. My tank is processing that small amount of yummy reef flakes too fast for it to detect a higher NO3. (This is all assuming what we already know, which is that API NH3 tests gives false readings so we have to take it in relativity and putting it in context.)
Now, of course I can further experiment by adding pure ammonia (or whatever they call it at BRS/LFS/etc) and getting that number to the magical 2ppm but I won't. That'll defeat my purpose of starting with a sterile tank that is 100% controlled by me.
My current readings are:
ammonia: not detected.0
I started running the tank on the 19th Jan and I started ghost feeding daily on the 21st or 22nd until tonight’s readings.
What’s your guys thoughts on this?