Uhh... So it would seem the tank cycled in not even a week (?!?!), with no cycled media. I've added a lot of ammonia every other day... and it's eaten it up! I had my nitrite spike on day 3... and now it's gone... I do have some hornwort in there, whose purpose was to help me keep algae at bay...
Unfortunately, the hornwort didn't succeed at keeping algae away. The only algae on the newer anubias leaves is diatoms (although, not really algae, right?). The older leaves and the scoria have this really weird algae on it, that I can't really describe - I'll do some research on it later.
The microsword has gotten this weird algae on it too.. it's like a "ball" of algae... with algae spikes coming out of it... but on a happy note, I've noticed that it's starting to take root very well!!! I'm seeing some new runners popping up too.
I bumped the lighting on this one down to 7 hours now. I'm only at home at night (to sleep) and on the weekends during the semester anyway, so I don't need to have them on for too long for my enjoyment.
I got a little excited over the weekend when I saw this
for the price listed... and I impulsively bought it... so I'll have pressurized CO2 on this within a week.
I'm going to keep adding ammonia to keep my bacteria alive for a couple more weeks, till I'm confident enough that the microsword has rooted well, and the cherries won't uproot it.
That was the fastest cycle ever...