I'm currently setting up a nano tank (approx 9gallons)
for the marine substrate, i have used carribea live sand and life rock and dose with Dr Tim's one and only one and only nitrifying bacteria and their ammonia solution.
The water parameter is fine as it is gotten from mixed straight from the store.
currently into day 4 and testing with royal nature ammonia guide. is this a right indiction/result?
if not, what can i do to achieve the correct result to complete the cycle and introduce the fishes in?
Setting up a reef tank for the first time is a challenge as a newb, so I take my hat off to you. Having a nano as your first reef set up is what some would say even a bigger challenge. Fear not, I set up my first reef tank last year and it was a nano. This is how it looks today
Can we have some pictures of your tank? Specifically your rock work. I ask this because I’m not sure if it was actual live rock (in water) when you purchased it or if it was life rock (dry)?
Secondly, you’ve used live sand. Did you pre rinse it before you put it into your tank?
The ammonia reading you’ve got is high, providing you didn’t make any errors during the test it suggests the tank it cycling.
As you are using dr Tim’s you need to follow the instructions on the bottle to a t.
To be honest, looking at the test results your tank just need time for beneficial bacteria to grow and settle the ammonia & Nitrite to 0. Then you can add the fish.
Are you testing for NitrIte & NitrAte yet?
Well done for resisting temptation and not adding fish right away.