Hi everyone, I'm fishless cycling a 55 gallon tank. (Thank you so much to everyone on this board, I had no idea what a fishless cycle was, and I definitely didn't know that a fishy cycle hurt the fish...I'm so glad i found out!)
Anyways, on sunday I added my ammonia, and was too impatient to wait an hour before adding any more. To make a long story short, when I got home 4 hours later, there was 8-9ppm ammonia. I figured I wasn't in a huge hurry, so I'd just leave that much in and make a massive bioload. Seeded the tank with a filter pad and gravel from a 10 gallon. Today (Thursday), when I got home from school I tested, and got these results...
Ammonia - 4
Nitrite - 2
Nitrate - somewhere around 40
it's gonna be a pretty quick cycle, eh?
I know that the nitrate is going to skyrocket even more. I think I remember reading somewhere that too much nitrate can harm the cycle process. Any truth to this? Obviously, I'm going to make water changes before adding livestock, but do I need to worry about getting rid of some of those nitrates while the tank is empty? Thanks.
Side note...I was never one for aquarium castles...much too cliche for me...but I was in the LFS
and I found the Age of Magic castle set by Penn Plax...two pieces, in total 115 bucks...I'll definitely post a pic of it when i have it in there, if you haven't seen it before, it's unbelievable!