Here is what I am getting at...The rock was out in the air, dry, sitting in a bucket at the LFS
. There wasnt any nitrifying bacteria present. I put them into a bucket of old tank water and found that there was ammonia present from decaying matter in the rock. My reasoning is that the junk will rot out completely before any nitrifying bacteria become present since I havent added any kind of material that is seeded with good bacteria. I know that it will eventually find its way, but people talk about months going by waiting for a cycle when doing it without seed material.
Now I guess a possibility is that the old tank water may have enough good bacteria that happen to be suspended in it to now be working on the ammonia. This would defeat my reasoning. Other than that, I dont see how nitrites can form. Since I dont need the extra bacteria, seems I could skip the cycle process altogether.
Think of this as a DEEP DEEP cleaning.
Thats really what I am up to...Or at least, what I want.