Anyone is welcome to comment on this thread, but it's not really intended to garner any specific discussion or be interesting to a large number of people. I am simply logging my cycle publicly in case anyone takes an interest.
I have a brand new tank and filter to cycle and rather than seed my filter I'm opting to run a fishless cycle with some unusual goals. I have a lot of tests and plan to run them at minimum every other day with a plan to graph my results.
I'm going to post my daily notes here along with some observations and discussion.
Tank is a 20g Long with an Eheim 2213 canister. Currently there is no substrate or decorations.
Starting Day 3/18 late at night (technically 3/19 1:00AM)
Tank, filter and media washed in tap water
20-21 gallons water
Dechlor with Prime at 150% dosage (3mL)
pH 7.0 (from tap, no aging)
Temp 85 degrees
Initial test results:
PO3 0 (phosphates)
After initial tests I added:
Added 1/8 tsp KH2PO4 (level)
¼ tsp baking soda (level)
12ml 10% ammonia (15-16ppm)
I wanted to do the phosphate and baking soda additions by weight but I couldn't find my super scale
So I settled for very careful leveled measurements so that I can weigh the amounts later when I find my scale.
My water treatment facility must boost the pH with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) because there is some kH
from the tap but no gH
(so no calcium or magnesium)
I deliberately dosed it straight to a CRAZY level of ammonia. This was entirely deliberate. Will it stall?? Let's find out...