Oh, thank you! This is my 1st fish less for a community tank. If it doesn't lower by tomorrow then I'll do a water change. It's late here in the EST. I asked Olympia but she's busy, I was also going to VM OFL, but she's offline.
I have never done a fishless cycle - always did the fish in method but from what I have read online, you can do a small water change to lower the ammonia a little. This is what the article says:With the ammonia purchased, and your test kit handy, dose the tank to ~5ppm ammonia. If you add too much, do a Partial water change to reduce the level, if you add too little, dose more. It doesn't need to be exact, but just aim for 3-5ppm. Every couple of days test the ammonia level, when it gets below 1ppm, add more ammonia to keep the level above 1ppm. Normally when I see it get below 1ppm, I dose 3-4ppm back in. Never let it go to zero (until the cycle is finished) or you risk killing off your ammonia to nitrIte bacteria!
Oldfishlady or Olympia might be alot more helpful then me when it comes to cycling.