Hello everyone! I'm new to fish as a hobby though I have been interested for years and had several fish tanks growing up (all my fish died when I was a kid and I now know WHY lol)
Anyway, I am setting up a 5 gallon tank for some guppies I plan to put in once it finishes cycling and I am doing it fishless so nobody gets hurt. I couldn't find ammonia anywhere without additives or coloring, so I decided to use the rotting seafood method. It smells WONDERFUL in my dorm room right now!
I had an old tea ball for loose leaf tea sitting around, and in the hopes that the mess would be contained, I stuffed it with 2 raw, peeled tiger shrimp, some fish food flakes and a piece of octopus tentacle from my freezer for good measure and placed the ball to "marinate" in the tank. The temperature sits at around 25 or 26 degrees Celsius during the day, drops to about 20 degrees at night and in just under three days my ammonia level has gone from .5 to 4.0. And I am assuming it will keep climbing as the food continues to rot. My question here is, should I allow the ammonia to continue to climb, or can I remove the rotting seafood to the freezer and place it back in the tank to continue adding ammonia to the water when the ammonia level starts to drop below 2.0 (which I believe is where you want it to stay when cycling so the bacteria have a food source?).
I haven't been able to find this info anywhere online, most fishless methods say to continue to add ammonia drops to keep the tanks ammonia level stable, but nothing in regards to using rotting matter as the ammonia source.
I hope I am making sense here? lol forgive me if I'm not.
Thanks very much in advance!