I started cycling my 2.5gal tank back on the 4th but I didn't notice my test kit didn't have ammonia (so much for all in one!) So I got one a couple days later. And I also went and got a 10gal tank, so I've been feeding that one for a couple days now too. I know alot of people prefer to buy pure ammonia, and I guess I could if I really need to? but I kind of want to see how this goes with fish food. I read alot on it after I got my ammonia kit, I had knowledge of the process, but not about the numbers to expect (and to spot if it was stalling). And I figure I can have someone check my homework, just to make sure Tank 1: (start-zyme added, first couple days of data unavailable) April 6: 8 Ammonia 20 Nirite 3.0 Nitrate (this sounds wrong?....im using test strips.) My goal is to get ammonia at 4 I believe? I did a big water change April 6: (after water change) 5 Ammonia 20 Nirate 1.0 Nitrite Small water change the next day, traded water from my newly set up tank. Tank:1 ________________________ Tank 2: hopefully this doesn't get too ____________________________________confusing? ____________________________ Start-zyme added partial dose + [FED] April 7: 4 Ammonia _____________________.25 Ammonia [FED]April 8: 3 Ammonia_____________________.50 Ammonia 25 Nitrate________________________10 Nitrate 7? Nitrite (hotpinkish? not on chart) ____1.0 Nitrite [FED]April 8: 2 Ammonia ____________________.50 Ammonia 50 Nitrates_______________________ 20 Nitrate 5 Nitrite ______________________ 1.0 Nitrite Nirates too high? Water change then feed? Ill continue to feed tank 2 until ammonia hits 4 How is my cycle going? Did tank 1 get that phase 1 ammonia spike or is it from the water changes? I've read to try and keep it at 4, but i've also read to just let it go, but don't let it starve... Thanks for your expertise! I appreciate it greatly.