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Re: Cycling questions
I think, and don't quote me on this, is that since nitrates are present, people are saying that the cycle IS working, albeit slowly, because you won't get nitrates without first having nitrites (because Nitrospirae are consuming nitrites to create nitrates). Since nitrites must therefore be present, they must be being created by Nitrosomonas, which consumes ammonia. Since you have, pardon my language, a ****load of ammonia in your tank, it's going to take some time for Nitrosomonas to eat its way through that.
Imagine a warehouse full of cheeseburgers. You eat only cheeseburgers. You can consume only so many cheeseburgers per day, and you poop even less than that, because you use up some of the cheeseburgers to live. Now imagine a creature which eats only Fireman poop. It's going to eat all of your poop, because there isn't a lot, not in a warehouse. So there are going to be small amounts of THAT creature's poop, but none of yours, and still a massive amount of cheeseburgers. It might take you a REALLY long time to eat all those cheeseburgers... But wouldn't it be easier if you had some buddies?
Adding more bacteria certainly won't hurt.
(The only reason I asked about your ammonia test was to make sure it was working, and not contaminated.)