12-04-2008, 06:36 PM
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i have been keeping a log myself since i reset up my 55g. i however did the fishless cycle and i highly recommend it. you probably should have did the same. 1) no fish health to be concerned about. 2) no maintenance other than adding more ammonia. Leave the water and the algae alone. Don't even use lights at this point. I set up my tank 8/31 and its still not 100% cycled. i have no life in the tank, so i can go crazy. i can put 4-8ppm of ammonia in every night. 8-12 hrs for depletion of ammonia is the norm. In my case with my extremes, in 24 hrs I am at 0ppm. This way on a fishless cycle, once its established, you can fully stock your tank because your tank is well populated with bacteria. if you understock your tank, you may loose bacteria though.