hey guys i am roughly 2-3 weeks into cycling my tank, i am just not sure if what i am doing is going right or if i'm doing something wrong. Unfortunatly i have been attempting my cycle without an ammonia test, i only had a seachems ammonia alert disc. when i first added the disc to my tank i checked its level after 24hrs and it read about 0.03ppm. To add the ammonia at the start i used sera nitrivec which contains NH3
NH4 and NO2
. I waited another day and the ammo alert showed very slight change so to about .05ppm. According to the packaging i can add fish after 24 hours. i didn't believe it could be true so ignored that but i checked for nitrite and had a reading of about 0.3ppm. i also had a reading for NO3
of about 25.
it has been 2 weeks since those tests. i have finally found an ammonia test and my readings today are:
NH4 (Ammonia)= 0
So my nitrite has risen in the past 2 weeks but the Nitrates have stayed the same. i havn't done any water changes, but the past week i have been adding some fish food flakes every 2-3 days. Only a small sprinkles of it. I have kept my tank temp at about 29 degrees.
So am i doing everything right so far? or have a made a big mistake somewhere? any advice would be great.