07-20-2010, 01:42 PM
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I am new to this forum because I somehow overlooked it. Glad I found it. I have a 29 gal Biocube with protein skimmer, 28 lbs of fully cured live rock and live sand. The current occupants are a pair of clowns, a cleaner shrimp and a couple of snails and hermit crabs. The tank has been as is for about a month with no ammonia showing and very small nitrite and nitrate readings changing from day to day. I have also had the diatom bloom with a slight bit of the brown algae on a few things in the tank. My question is when do you call a system mature? I haven't found a great deal written about what I should see for my water readings having started with fully cured live rock, live sand and a protein skimmer and a light livestock load. So, what should I be seeing and what kind of water change schedule should I be using? Thanks.