I am still having trouble with my ammonia I have been doing 30% water changes everyday for over a week and I can't get it below 2.0. my nitrites are at .25 and nitrates are 5.0 so basicailly nothing has changed. I know I am still cycling but shouldnt I see a drop in ammonia with the water changes?
thanks gunnie....yes I am using the aquarium pharmaceuticals freshwater master test kit. any ideas on why I am stalling? I know I asked this before but its your turn to humor me haha should I be vaccuming the gravel? I have done it twice, and not sure if I should? I have read that I should do it every time and also only about every six months
I was thinking your cycle was stalling because you were vacuuming the gravel when you did water changes. A lot of your bacteria will be in that gravel. I don't think vacuuming only twice would have been a problem, but don't do any more until the cycle is done. Once you have enough bacteria in your filter media, gravel vacs will not be a problem, and you definitely will want to vacuum at least a fourth of the gravel each time you do maintenance on the tank.
the second gravel vacuum was actuailly just me going over the top to get up some of the old food lying on the surface. I still have all the original filter media which I haven't touched at all. I'm I throwing any clues to what's wrong lol? I am going to order some amquel tonight from petsmart, my local store dosent carry it as far as I know. one more question along with the above....does the amquel take place of the aquasafe I am using?