I got my lovely pure ammonia to begin the cycling of my tank. I put in "an appropriate amount." HA! Right! I checked my ammonia levels and they were off the chart! Way, way more than 8ppm even.
So I did a 50% water change, waited an hour and test again. Still off the charts! OMG.
So, I did another 50% water change and seem to be at 7ppm now.
I'm going to let it sit for a few more hours and test again. If I'm still at a 7 I'll do another 50% water change and hope for the best.
Thank goodness there is nothing in my tank except substrate and a castle.