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bacteria gotta do what bacteria gotta do lol
sounds like your doing fine,and usually after the spike then the nitrates show,
is it planted ...
I have one rotala indica in there as an attempt to slowly move it to a planted aquarium but there are still fake stuff in there. I am doing liquid and tablet fertilizer and i normally test the water 2 times a day morning and night just to see the effects in the water.
at the second attempt at keeping fish i bought a test kit,and i used to test twice a day,
i kept a journal on all my findings too,i found that helpful.
the more plants you have the better it is,don't be frightened by the thought of them,
that they may be detrimental to the cycle because they won't .