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I would disagree
I monitor nitrite in the cycling process to examine how ammonia is breaking down and obviously as a precursor to nitrates which I want to see to show my cycling is complete. I typically won’t test for ammonia or nitrites in a cycled aquarium unless my nitrates are high so essentially I work the nitrogen cycles backwards.
I am still sticking with the fishless cycle. Ammonia is going down, nitrites are through the roof, and nitrates are increasing. The brightwell said not to use live sand or dry live rock both of which I did...lol.
Have you put any Copepods in the tank yet? I know that my opinion might be skewed but it will make a huge difference in cycling your tank. My 81 gallon has been up for just over 6 months now and corals and fish are happy and growing fast. I also dose phytoplankton and that is the secret if feel. I am thinking about setting up a tank to show how much smother and faster they cycle. The process is just cleaner and simple when you add them. Just do a YouTube search and see all the results for yourself. The proof is there and I see it every day. Great looking tank can not wait to see the first fish go in.
Took me over a year to have 6-8 tangs in the tank. I got lucky bought most of my fish from other reefers. The livestock quality is not like it used to be back in the day. I would quarantine if buying from LFS.