I've been testing Ammonia every couple of days. On Sunday I tested, and it had dropped from 4 to 3. Today (Tuesday), I tested again, and no ammonia. Nitrites are high (5), and nitrates are off the scale. I guess it's time for a pwc
and add more ammonia. Hopefully the nitrites will vanish soon.
All that worrying for nothing. It turns out the tannins didn't hurt things one bit. I think the thing that sped up the cycle the most was I asked the LFS
for something I could use to seed with, and they gave me a bucket of vacuum waste from one of their tanks. I dumped it in (picture really gunky water), and let my filter clear it all up.
Also, a note about the white things I saw before. They disappeared one night, and then I started noticing pond snails. I think they were snail eggs.