Well, It's officially been 1 month since I started cycling my 20g tall tank. To be honest, I was really hoping to have a nearly cycled tank by now, but no such luck. For about the past week I've finally started getting ammonia readings, nothing higher than .25ppm. I've done a 20% water change twice during the last week (including one tonight). I'm trying to avoid a drastic spike as the six danios I've got in there right now are starting to grow on me.
I REALLY would like to get them through this cycle unharmed. Note to self: do a fishless cycle next time.
I added a small sponge filter to the tank. I'll be using it for a small quarantine/hospital tank when necessary. It actually looks pretty good in the aquarium and the fish enjoy the bubbles. In my very unprofessional opinion, the fish are doing great. They all look healthy, eat well, and don't appear to be stressed. (I can't even get a water sample without my hand being nibbled on by all of them).
Nitrites are still pegged at zero. No nitrates, obviously. I'll keep twiddling my thumbs and continue watching the pot, waiting for it to boil.
Go-go-gadget time warp!!....................