I don't know, I feel like my current fishless results are tainted already.
I posted my complaints on the different forum so I don't have the thread here, but I got nothing on my cycle after 12 days.
Then I moved my filter to a different bucket and totally started over with new water. After 5 days, nitrites.
Now I can never know - did it take me 17 days to get to nitrites, or was bucket #1 tainted?? To be fair, I actually think it's the latter. I don't think nitrites take that long to form. They usually form in 5-7 days.
Edit: Just remembered, I did also mess around with the filter media in the HOB
. On the original bucket I think the flow was somewhat restricted and the biowheel was turning very slowly.
Nonetheless I feel like I need to do ANOTHER one somewhere. I'm out of places to fill with water and cycle, though... lol
I have extra filters and such, so if I find something else, I will do it :P
All in the name of science!!