Okay I need some advice.
All the stuff you need to know so far is. Started my fishless cycle 12 days ago, new freshwater
34 gal tank, no plants, temp at 82-84 degrees, substrate, sand, pea gravel all added in and strained ahead of time I let it sit for 48 hours with filter running and I dechlorinated it. I have been dosing using the ammonia from Ace hardware. dosing at 3 tsp.
I followed the rules very closely, and have been documenting levels and dose each night as the post stated and it took me 5 days after the initial 72 hour wait period for ammonia to drop. since then I cannot get my nitrates to get lower than 20-40 ppm. for instance tonight again my levels were ammonia 0ppm,nitrite 0 ppm, nitrate 40 ppm. and once again tonight i added 3 tsp of ammonia if i test it in an hour or so ill get same result of 4-8 ppm of ammonia.
Am I building a bacterial colony or what? LOL. I figure something has to have removed/ broken down the ammonia and nitrites.
What is the wait time for this?
Is there anything else I need to do?
Is my cycle done?
I did not want to do a water change as the post stricly talks against it. I guess I am just concerned I stalled my cycle.
Maybe I am just not understanding the process of how it should work for me to gauge it.