I have a 55-gallon tank that also has a decent-sized sump that is underneath it. I started with dry sand and dry rock, it has as been running for 1-2 months.
The nitrogen cycle was nowhere near complete once I checked the parameters, so I made sure to raise my wet/dry filter because there wasn’t enough dry portion. I ran my cheap Amazon light (that gets the job done) only on blue LEDs all day, and is not going through a daylight cycle instead it’s just 24/7 blue lights for now. I bought beneficial bacteria and added them today that claims to be instantly fish ready, so I turned off my DIY skimmer.
I also added Instant Ocean Coraline Algae benefiter instead of the Kent Marine brand I was using. I started seeing pink splotches on my silicone seams yesterday, and there is even more today. I hope this is Coraline Algae, is it? Also is my tank fish ready now?