Hello, I'm new to the forum and very new to creating a fish friendly home. I'm cycling 2 separate tanks, 5 gallon capacity, 3.34 gals with displacement considered. the kids each want beta type fish. I'm dosing pure Dr Tim's ammonia, and started on Sun Feb 10th. I created a spreadsheet / graphing way to capture the results. I tried to upload the .png but the site didn't seem to like it.
I had multiple instance of a stalled cycle in both tanks, but at different times in the process.
I did a water change of roughly 80% in both tanks to get the cycle going again, Tank A as of today is measuring .50/5.0/20 (am,ni,na) and then added ammonia to bring levels back up to roughly 1.5-2.0.
the question is, should I be dosing to bring ammonia up higher than that, or do you feel that is sufficient?
it seems 2 drops of Dr Tim's equates to roughly a .5 increase in ammonia levels.
thank you in advance and for having a great resource here for beginners.
it seems to fluctuate a bit, but the average is between (1.0-2.0) I've got 5.0 nitrites in both, so my guess is, it's just a matter of time and testing to keep things moving. once this project is a success we plan to start a 25 gal, ( 95L ) tank. small steps...
given the point in the process I am at, how long does the remaining part of the cycle take? 2-3 more weeks? estimated of course.