I didn't even think to check the nitrates I have about 80 ppm. I've never cycled a tank this small I didn't think it would cycle so fast. I just started the cycle the 27th of MayDid you move some seeded media over to this tank from a cycled one? Are you seeing any nitrates? If you are adding ammonia you are adding more than needed for a tank this size. I wouldn't add more than 1ppm. that 1ppm will grow enough bacteria for a tank this small.
I added 1 ppm ammonia before testing for nitrates if it's gone in 24 hours it would have to be cycledI don't know what to tell you then. 3ppm of ammonia wouldn't have produced that much nitrate and to be honest I don't think it is possible to cycle a tank this quickly without adding some type of seeded media or some other form of bacteria. Something is off with the numbers.
There is no nitrates in my tap waterWhat are the numbers of your tap water? Maybe that is where the nitrates are coming from?
I didn't use anything from any other tank in this tankIf this tank went from dry to fully cycled in just over a week without adding seeded media I have to wonder what kind of magic is going on in it. Yes, if you add the ammonia, it processes through to nitrates and you see no nitrites along the way I have to think you have both ammonia and nitrite eating bacteria in the tank. If the tank is heavily planted with fast growing healthy plants they could be eating the ammonia but apparently that isn't happening because you have nitrates, lots of nitrates.
It does leave me wondering how it happened so quickly. You didn't add seeded media but did you add anything from a cycled tank? Any kind of decor, live plants, anything? Did you fill this tank with water from one of your other tanks? Maybe the nitrates were already this high in the tank the water came from. Could that be why the nitrates are already so high in this tank?
I guess this tank will have to go down in the book of mysteries. It is only 3.5 gallons of water but I still can't imagine how 3ppm ammonia can produce 80ppm nitrates. It does look like you have a magic tankThere is no nitrates in my tap water
I didn't use anything from any other tank in this tank