Hello All here I am for some more advice to make sure I am on right track!
Well I started to cycle my tank (55 gal.) a week ago. I cleaned gravel in sink, cleaned plants (plastic) and decorations. I have a Emperor 400 and a Aqua-Tech 30-60 for filtration. My tank temp stays between 76-78 degrees. I know someone gonna peel my @$$ but I am doing my tests with strips til I can get a liquid kit!
All along my GH has been either 120 or 180 and is at 120 now, my KH has been at 240 the whole time, PH ranges between 7/7.5 and 8, Nitrite always been at 0 and Nitrate 0-20 which it is at 20 now, my amonium as been at 0 unil today and it has went to harmful (3 ppm).
Saturday we put 3 Zebra Danios in and they have been doing well and seem to be full of life.
Sun night/Monday the water became real cloudy, like a greyish color, so Tue I changed out about 10 to 12 Gallons. Water was still a little cloudy and then yesterday BAM it is CRYSTAL clear!
Here are my ?'s
1) Am I doing this all right so far and are any of my readings alarming? 2)The ammonia going up is a good thing in the cycle process correct? 3) Is there anything that I need to do at this point? 4)Also how often should I be changing out water during the cycle process?
Thank you for all your help!