First off, this is a somewhat long post, I apologize. As you guys know, I am cycling a 10 gallon tank with hardware store ammonia. I am on day 6 so far. I did NOT seed the tank with any BB from another tank. All new stuff. I set up the tank on Saturday 1/5 and filled the tank with water, and added Aqueon water conditioner per the instructions for 10 gallons. I have well water, not city. On Sunday 1/6, I put in my driftwood that had been soaking overnight. The water was still clear and the wood had sunk right off the bat, so I added it into the tank. Also on sunday, after adding the wood, I added 1/2ml of the ammonia. I swished the water around for a few minutes using a fish net, to get it mixed into the water. Then I did an ammonia test, and it showed 1ppm, so I figured 1/2ml = 1ppm in my tank. Water was tested with an API master test kit, not strips. After the water test, I added 2ml of ammonia to the water to bring it up to 5ppm (did not water test again to confirm). Day 2 - Monday the 7th - Measured 2ppm ammonia, so I added 1.5ml into the tank (3ppm) Day 3 - Tuesday the 8th - Measured 4ppm ammonia, added 1/2 ml ammonia to the tank. On this day, I also measured for Nitrites, and found 0 Day 4 - Wednesday the 9th - Measured 4ppm ammonia, added 1/2ml ammonia to the tank Day 5 - Thursday the 10th - Measured 4ppm ammonia, added 1/2ml ammonia to the tank Day 6 - Friday the 11th - Measured 4ppm ammonia. I also measured the Nitrites at the same time, and this time I found .25ppm. Now that Nitrites are present, I am supposed to reduce the amount of ammonia that I add according to the site I am reading (build your aquarium dot com). At this point, I figured I'd measure Nitrates for haha's, not expecting any. However, after doing the test (yes, I followed instructions on shaking the bottle and the test water), I came up with 5ppm of Nitrate. Now I'm scratching my head, as I thought I wouldn't see Nitrates until much later on. The only thing I can think of is that possibly my well water has nitrates in it, or my cycle just went really fast. I will check my tap water tomorrow and see if this is true. Is it possible that my cycle is on a fast track? Could it possibly be what i have in my filter for media? I am not using the "filter cartridge", I swapped it out for sponge and Fluvial Spec BioMax media. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Forgot to add that my water has been about 80 degrees, not sure if that matters.