Hello Iím new here.
I am on day 15 of cycling a 20 gallon tank, with no fish, using ammonia and Dr Timís one and only bacteria. I have gravel a few ornaments in the tank. Water temp has been at 80 degrees. I started with fresh treated water that had 0 ammonia, 0 nitriteís and 10.0 ppm
nitrateís. I added the bacteria and I dosed with ammonia and got 2.0 ppm
. It toke 6 days to return to 0 ppm
. I dosed a 2nd time and it toke 3 days to come down to 0 ppm
. I dosed a 3rd time and it came right back down the next day to 0 ppm
The Nitriteís slowly came up to 2.5 ppm
on the 7th day and has remained there all the way to day 15 and is still at 2.5 ppm
The Nitrateís slowly came up to 90.0 ppm
on the 10th day and remained there until day 14. And on day 15 it dropped down to 20.0 ppm
My questions areÖ Is that normal for Nitrateís to come down on their own without doing a water change? I did add a little Java Moss on day 9
Also shouldnít the Nitriteís have come down by now? Or am I just being impatient?
I have been testing every day.
Thanks in advance for any help!