On July 10 I started a fishless cycle of a 10 gallon tank from scratch. I'm doing everything by the book. Using 2 drops of Prime per gallon of water.
I started off by adding ammonia to 4ppm. Once I saw it dip to 1ppm a few days later I brought it back up to 3-4 ppm
. By end of July I was seeing nitrites and nitrates.
Mid August, and the ammonia is still dropping, but not going down to 0ppm in 24 hours. But, the nitrates and nitrates are maxing out the test kit, so I did a 60% water change.
I notice that the ammonia is not dropping so fast anymore. It was 2 ppm
a week ago, and maybe 1.5 ppm
now. I tested the nitrites and I'm sitting at zero. PH is 6.4.
Where did I go wrong? What should I do?
sells sponge/filter material from established tanks. Should I start anew? My daughter has been eager to get fish and this process is truly testing her patience lol.