I started up my 72g tank about a month ago. I used my old filter from my previous tank without washing the media. I also used the flourite out of my previous tank, again straight up, no washing. Same with the live plants.
My tank didn't go through a cycle at the beginning.
My parameters ( i use the hagen test kit)
I do EI dosing, and still trying to get my dosing right. It's taken me several weeks to get my nitrates up to that range.
I do a 50% w/c every week.
I've done 2 days of 25% w/c.
anything else I should be doing?