I'm at wits end...
i hlave a 5.5 gallon tank that simply won't cycle. I've tried both fishless and with fish. When I test for ammonia, the reading is so high the tube doesn't eve look green. It's a dark BLUE color!. I've added APi Quick Start ,Fluval cycle, stress zyme and Microbe lift special blend. I tested every two days for 2 weeks and never saw ammonia go down or nitrate, nitrate go up. Water remained very cloudy. Now I've done a gravel vacuum and a 50 % water change using water from my other tank (which is cycled).Added quick start , tested after 2 hours and ammonia reading was still looking blue in the test tube! I'm running two hob
filters rated for 1o gallon tanks with some media from other tank along with a sponge filter. I'll wait til tomorrow or Friday to see if things change. If they don't... Any suggestions. I'm on the verge of just giving up altogether!