right now I'm using liquid test kit that says amonia is at about 7.0 to 8.0 ppm (mg/L)
Nitrate is at 20
nitrite at around 5
The numbers in bold above are indeed crazy high
.Wow...while its usually recomended NOT to gravel vac during the cycle,in your situation I think its a must.
Those numbers need to get down with water changes.Target 1 ppm
for each or lower (except for the nitrates which is fine).
With the nitrates at 20 you are very close to finished imo
,I think you are overdriving the existing bacteria with overfeeding.Some good gravel vacs and water changes and it will start testing fine (0,0,something) imo
....or I would be suprised if it doesn't.
Be sure to match water temp and declorinate.