Originally Posted by Derdy88
well i took more tests today in better light and discovered that my NITRATE lvl is in between 5 and 10 PPM
does this mean it cycled since nitrite turns into nitrate
Assuming you started with water that had 0 ppm
nitrates in it, yes... this means your tank is cycled. You got it... the ammonia turns to nitrites, and the nitrites turn to nitrates. So if your source water has NO nitrates in it, the nitrates have to be coming from the whole nitrogen cycle thing happening.
And just FYI, using "cycled" water really doesn't do anything. The bacteria live mostly on the rocks, glass, and sand and don't really hang out in the water. Regardless, it sounds like your tank is good to go!