Hello. I've been following this forum and tried doing a fishless cycle myself.
This site gave me a lot information and good advice but I am stuck on my 4th week.
Ive done the 4-5 ppm
ammonia cycling without any seed materials.
I did the 4-5 ppm
ammonia and had nitrite levels above test chart. Nitrate levels at around 10ppm (it was like this for the whole week on the 3rd week) Ive noticed that in 24 hours my ammonia went down to 1 ppm
but not my nitrites.
I thought it was stalled cause of ph unbalance. So I did the ph test and it was at 5.0 below neutral.
Ive read "the almost complete guide, etc." on this forum that ECO posted about ph levels and it said I should do a pwc
if it went below neutral levels. PH was at 5.0 so I did a 50% pwc
After the pwc
I tested the water and ph was 7.0(neutral), ammonia at 1 ppm
and nitrite 1.6 Id figured the ph was causing my nitrites not to go down? Nitrates went down to 5.0
Next day I tested everything
nitrate at 5.0
I was excited about nitrite hitting zero so I ammo to 4 ppm
to see if i was almost there.
today did test for everything again.
ammo at 4ppm
I did another 50% Pwc
and my ammo went down to 0.50
nitrite zero and nitrate zero.
Did I reverse my cycling or is my cycling not cycled at all?
I never had any nitrate spike. The furthest it went was 20 ppm
Please help! Ive waited for 4 weeks and about to lose my patience and thinking about using some comets.