Cycle is finished, the uglies are in.
I've noticed in the morning my water is clear but as the day progresses the mist becomes more apparent. I did water change 10% last night and turned some of the rocks before I got my livestock today (finally!). Ammonia and nitrite undetectable. This morning it was clear, when I returned home from shopping the haze made an appearance.
I am assuming I'm getting a bacteria bloom which will pass in time. Anything else I can do to accelerate this phase of the cycle (remember I'm a mental health nursing student on budget) without adding any unnecessary expense?
I do have intense led lighting which is turned down quite a bit (white at 40% max, blue at 60% max and royal blue at 80% max one foot over the tank). I'll ramp it up or lower fixture when needed. Perhaps this is causing bacterial bloom, I have noticed the diatoms have been pearling as well. Maybe raise the light up a bit more?
Anywho, it's time for the uglies. I'm assuming it's a part of the cycle and tank balancing. I'm not adding any more livestock for a couple months, which will then be corals. Oh. I may add a few cerith snails in the next few weeks if my current cuc doesn't get to the task of algae decimation.
2x small common clowns
2x spiny astrea snails
2x nassarius nails
2x turbo snails (hopefully trochus, not sure what type though)
6x blue leg & mixed hermit crabs
Palythoa frag (which was in bad condition when they arrived)
...and the algae
So my stocking level is fine. I doubt I need to worry about the haze.
Input is appreciated!
Many thanks for your wisdom and enlightenment in advance.