I set up my 200l/55 gallon aquarium three days ago, and added ammonia up to around 3.0ppm two days ago. I also added Tetra Safestart because it was cheap and apparently it can speed up my fishless cycle slightly.
Today I tested my water and saw that the ammonia has decreased to around 1.5ppm, without me adding any more ammonia since two days ago. I then tested to see if any nitrites had shown up, and it says it's over 5.0 ppm
. I tested nitrate and it says it's between 5 and 10ppm.
I would be confused enough considering I have nitrites and nitrates only two days into my cycle, but I've not added more than 3.0 ppm
of ammonia overall, so it seems even stranger.
Can anyone explain these results? Is it because of the Tetra Safestart? Should I add more ammonia back up to 3.00 ppm