This is my cycling log for my 10 gallon aquarium I'll keep track of my parameters and questions here. Specifics: - 10 gallon standard aquarium - Light to moderately planted with anacharis and java fern plantlets - kept at 75-76*F - 2x13w 5000k CFL lighting Day 1 - 12/24/2012 - 11:30pm Ph - 7.4 Ammonia - 0.5 ppm Nitrites - 0 ppm Nitrates - 0-5 ppm (little hard to tell, looks more like 5) I filled the aquarium and set it up yesterday evening, but it does not have a filter yet (mine pooped on me when I went to set it up, I think there was some sand in it. oops!). Will be getting one in two days, since the stores are closed for X-mas Probably getting an Aqua-Tech 5-15g, 125gph HOB filter. Does my Ph seem a little high? I think 7.0 is average correct? My 29g tested between 7.4 and 7.8 for some reason as well, which seems very high. Is this anything to worry about? I plan to use fish food to cycle. I have added a tiny pinch, which I ground up between my fingers. I read I need to keep the ammonia between 1 ppm and 4 ppm, never letting it drop below 1 ppm. I'll test again in two days, after I get my filter, and see what the ammonia levels are as of then.