i'm new, sorta. i had a 240g about 10 years ago for about 10 years or so, but just recently got back in. but its been about 20 years since i had to go through the initial set up stuff. i picked up this 120g (tank, stand/canopy, refugium, pumps, UV sterilizer, loads of rock, RODI + misc chemicals, etc.). it was a unique situation. some dudes were hired to get rid of everything in a closed chiropractor office, and he listed the entire set up on FB marketplace for $75. so for $75 plus $ for new lights, new heater, powerheads, sand and salt, we got it up and running. can't beat the deal, but i have no history on it. there was no water in it, but the sand was still wet, etc. i figured that there would be enough dead on the rock to get the cycle going, but here i am, a month later, nitrates/nitrites are still way high, but i've got no action, no algae, it doesn't seem to be doing anything. any suggestions on kick starting it? i haven't yet picked up an ammonia test yet. just got some cheapy test strips. thanks!