Do you have any straight ammonia? When I did my first 29g I had rock and sand from an established tank and used ammonia for a week to get the numbers to move.
When I moved the 29g to the 55g I didn't have any cycle so didn't need ammonia.
On my cube I also went with regular LR
, some of my own from the 55g and some base rock.
I had it all in a bucket for a week while I waited for my new cube to arrive. In that time I didn't have a nitrite spike but I did see ammonia and now nitrates.
I'm just assuming I missed the trites.