Originally Posted by IgsPoke3
Hello, I did think to test my water source and itís all 0 across the board. One thing that I did was also test a bottled water for ammonia and it appears the exact same color as the one I my tank. To me that color always looked like 0.25 ppm
because of the slight green and not yellow so now Iím assuming that ammonia is also 0.
As for the cycling, I used API bottled bacteria since day 1 as well as a couple of ďenzymeĒ beneficial bacteria from aqueon.
The it sounds like you have completed cycling your tank. Congrats.
The key now is to not overload the system with new fish. Keep in mind that the biological filter is a living organism that grows and shrinks to the amount of ammonia present at that time. Adding new fish will mean your colonies need to grow to catch up to the new ammonia levels. The good news is that these microbes multiply quickly once they are established. So quick that you may not even see the rises and fallings unless you have a monitor on the tank that is recording the water quality 24/7. If you overload the system, these levels can once again become toxic to the fish so you want to add things slowly.
On another note, take your readings in natural sunlight and against white paper and if it still is not coming out clearly 0, you may want to get new reagents for the ammonia test.