i still have traces of ammonia and nitrates/nitrites are flucuating right now. so i would say i'm near the end but i'm going to let it go another 4 or so weeks before i think about adding anything. i'm going to do it right this time! when i was a teenager i hurried things and lost alot of critters due to my ignorance and all.
i really haven't had a huge algae problem. i have a tiny bit growing on the glass but nothing like i thought i would have. everyday i use a powerhead to blow off the living rock and i go around the glass. maybe that has helped.