Need help? Think im cycled???

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So I set this tank up 3 days ago used microbe lift special blend and 20lbs of carib live figi sand. Put in one frozen cube of brine shrimp to ghost feed. And I did leave my lights on. Salinity is 1.028. All of my rocks were white except one big purple life rock. Now I have wht appears to be coraline algae taking off on others rocks after two days of adding them.... can I anyone advise if I should try a fish at this point.. my test kit hasn't came in yet. I have been checking my ph was 10.2 two days ago now at 11.01 which means something is eating the alkalinity. Photos attached.

Again. Only two measurements I can take right now.
Salinity 1.028
Ph 11.01 (used a digital tester)

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Im the one always advocating for a timely start without waiting weeks and weeks


on this one Im not sure yet, need more info.

main info: was 100% of your rocks dry when added, or some wet

if all dry, wait longer. if some were wet, we might be able to speed up here after we're certain those growths came in after you added the wet rocks to the tank

we are waiting because microbe lift isn't ideal for cycling compared to 2 day cycling options.
 
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All were dry but the tank was previously ran for years. Was taken down about a week before I got it. I cleaned the main tank and cleaned what I could from the sump in the back. However when I was cleaning the salt deposits in the sump the final layer was still damp. Say this to just give time frame of how I got it. I can confirm these colorations weren't there 2 days ago as I took photos of the rocks and just reviewed them. All rock was dry only live was the sand bed. I can tell you when I cleaned the rocks in salt water before adding to the tank I did have two microbes come out of one of the rocks. Flat looked like centipedes.
 
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Okay, since my kit isnt in I called around till I found a store that would test my water.

Ammonia 1.0ppm
Nitrate 0
Nitrite was just beginning to register. Was 0.5ppm

Not sure as to why I'm seeing the coloring spots on my rocks already, but the tank is definitely not cycled.(which I thought would be too soon.)
 
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Okay, since my kit isnt in I called around till I found a store that would test my water.

Ammonia 1.0ppm
Nitrate 0
Nitrite was just beginning to register. Was 0.5ppm

Not sure as to why I'm seeing the coloring spots on my rocks already, but the tank is definitely not cycled.(which I thought would be too soon.)
What are you seeing, I am enjoying my new inhabitants
 

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Not sure as to why I'm seeing the coloring spots on my rocks already, but the tank is definitely not cycled.(which I thought would be too soon.)

Ya seems like you got the right answer. As for the colored spots it would not be coralline that quick. Starting with dry rock that will not grow on its own(until introduced via frags/etc). It also takes a lot more than 2 days for it to grow enough to be visible.
 

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I would say no until you can actually test for it. Testing is a huge part of reefing and until able to cover the basics I wouldn't be in any rush. If you can't get test kits at least take some water to LFS to be sure.
 
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Ya seems like you got the right answer. As for the colored spots it would not be coralline that quick. Starting with dry rock that will not grow on its own(until introduced via frags/etc). It also takes a lot more than 2 days for it to grow enough to be visible.
That's why I was shocked. My first tank took for ever to cycle.
 
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I would say no until you can actually test for it. Testing is a huge part of reefing and until able to cover the basics I wouldn't be in any rush. If you can't get test kits at least take some water to LFS to be sure.
Just did today they only have the basic but it was enough for me to know my cycle state.
 

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Agreed. I'm still at a loss why the other rocks are spotting with what looks like coraline.
You're about 6 months too early to be seeing coraline. The rocks will change all sorts of colors when maturing. It's probably another form of algae.
 
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I know cycling is the most crucial part of the tank and I do not want to jump the gun on anything. I want the basis of my tank to be as strong as possible so I have as little issues as possible down the road. Especially since this will be skimmerless, I need a very strong bacterial basis. I am using microbe lift special blend, live culture and is what my lfs had. Personally I'm thinking of getting bacter7 or something stronger.
I really appreciate all the answers and support. I have a crap ton to learn still.
 
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