Originally Posted by kirkland14
nothing has spiked except the ammonia one day(it went to 1 ppm but went back to .5 the next day. the NO2 and NO3 haven't made any change yet. My filter is the stock box filter that came with the tank.
and i'm only feeding them a little pinch in the am and pm.
If it is a stock filter, those generally run on a basic carbon insert.
I wouldnt worry too much, as cycling takes time and goes through its phases. Did you add any cycling assisting chemicals when you started the tank?
Cloudiness could be the phosphates, as from what I understand, they can just be in your tab water. If the cloudiness is bothering you, you can try either adding a bio bag to the filter with phosphate remover stuff, or you can buy the chemical that removes phosphates.
As for nothing spiking, it takes time. Slow down on the water changes until the ammonia spikes. Remember a basic, non-assisted, cycle takes at least 3 weeks.
Ammonia has to spike before nitrite can be made, and nitrite has to be made before nitrate can be made during a cycle. And there is time between all. Your ammonia could have spiked higher at one point, and yet, it might still be waiting to make its big spike...and the ammonia generally fluctuates during the entire cycle.
It will be fine, all sounds pretty normal to me though.