Thanks Aitken for the guidance notes.
My water temperature is 24c so will raise it up to 28c.
I have a bottle of Dr Tims Ammonium Chloride, yes.
So, since Saturday 18th November (I set the tank up the weekend previous to that date) I have been taking a mobile photos of daily test readings along with writen notes as a reference.
From 18th-20th November
Ammonia (2.0ppm) – Dark Green
Nitrite (4-5ppm) – Dark Red
I continued to add a half a teaspoon or so of Ammonia on these days (started doing this a few days previous) as I assumed it would keep the levels up but I didn't notice the levels really going down or up.
Since 21st November
Ammonia is similar colour (2.0ppm) – Dark Green
Added another half teaspoon on one day
But Nitrite steadily down to 0-0.25ppm today (25th)
An API 5 in 1 test strip kit arrived today, got the following readings:
Nitrates and GH
Testing strip r
So both Nitrite and Nitrate are negligible. If the Nitrite had already peaked (which I thought might be the case with the high Nitrite levels end of last week and through the weekend) I would expect the Nitrate to be up? But this makes no sense anyway with the Ammonia levels still quite high?
I can't think of anything to account for the high Nitrite levels at the weekend that aren't a consequence of cycling: I have 8-10 small grass plants. I tested the tap water and no readings there. The filter is using the ceramic tubes, sponges and some activated charcoal that it came with it.
I am thinking now, should I boost the ammonia and assume the Nitrites will rise?