Thanks so much for the info! It turns out that I am a complete idiot. Its been a few years since I cycled a tank using this method. To all you newbies out there: when using this method to cycle - be sure to use PURE ammonia - nothing with dyes, additives or perfumes...and make sure it says regular household ammonia - STUPID ME - I failed to see the "industrial strenght" in plain sight on the bottle I bought - and since I have never had a 270 galllon - I then compounded my mistake by dumping in A QUARTER CUP!
Gad - there was enough ammonia to kill off an entire country!
O well - at least no fish were harmed...
I did drain the tank-refilled-drained all day long yesterday. Took out all the wood and reboiled it - took out all the rocks and rinsed those too...Hopefully by friday I will have dilluted it enough to add the bacteria and it wont be killed off..
I do plan on lots of live plants..cardinals..boseaman rainbows, blue rams, and a couple of different types of other tetras (havent narrowed down all the fish on the list yet) and Im pretty excited. Cant believe I was this stupid.. I really have been doing this for years! LOL...then again, after Iraq, Im minus a few brain cells!