Nightmare Fishless Cycle
Hey folks–need some help with my nightmarish fishless cycle!
I've got a 20G tank that I've been cycling since August. On October 15th, after getting SO CLOSE with ammonia disappearing overnight, >5.0 nitrItes, and >160 nitrAtes, my cycle crashed. NitrAtes completely disappeared, and ammonia stopped disappearing overnight.
I did a 75% water change after being told my high nitrItes crashed the cycle. I got them back down & started over, but they very quickly jumped back to >5.0ppm.
I've been stuck at 0 ammonia (dosing 2.0ppm every other day), >5.0 nitrItes, and 5.0 nitrAtes for 8 weeks.
My pH is 8.0, my temp is 76°F (this will be an axolotl tank, so I'm using a temporary heater), I'm using Dr. Timm's ammonia & API freshwater master kit.
Am I headed towards another crashed cycle? Why is it taking this long? Please help, I'm really defeated and confused.