Originally Posted by walkytalky
k, so my substrate is crushed coral. I have approx 1/2 inch deep.
I have stopped feeding the tank since I posted this problem. Still Nitrates are high. I went and got a nitro asorber. Put it in for 1 day. it helped. but I am not relieing on it 100%. I still plan to do many water changes. I have run out of $ to put anything in it for a while. But I would like to eventualyy put some of my corals from my 30 gallon in to this tank.
How much longer does it take to cycle this tank?
1. Get cycle (the product)
2. make sure you have some live rock
3. wait and see if you can take whatever fish you have and ask your LFS to hold them for you until you get your tank cycled -- they will if they are truly a store that cares about your fish's well-being
4. If you have cuc, take them out as well
test every week-- stop the water changes and let the tank truly cycle. the nitrates are a sign that you do not have anything to break down the chemical.
there's a nitrification cycle and a de-nitrification cycle involved.
I like cycle and it helps speed up the process, but since you have live rock it's in no way necessary.
take this time to prep for equipment -- once you have live rock and the substrate done, time to get lighting!
If you want coral, get VHO t5's or metal halide lights. how much wattage? for coral you'll need 1-5 watts per gallon depending on what you're going to put in there.