We went through what was a very good cycle apparently within 3-4 weeks.. so good that I thought my test kit was faulty because my levels never really “spiked” like they were suppose to.. my last test with a reading was 0 ammonia, .25 nitrite, 0 nitrate and ph about 8.. after that nothing but the ph.. I tried some strips to see if I could get the same readings and I did.. I’m currently experimenting with removing the moss ball to see if I can detect any nitrates.. my curiosity stands wondering if anyone has ever played with their kits?.. as in testing things other than fish water lol.. After getting a cheap pack of test strips and having verified my big kit was fine on top of reading how they go bad quickly, my husband and I got curious if you can test other things.. so we pulled aside one test tube for our experiments (won’t be using it for the fish water anymore) and had some fun.. since the strips didn’t come with ammonia test I sprayed a tiny bit of glass cleaner with ammonia and topped it with a bit of water and got a small ammonia reading so I assume that works.. husband wanted to test ph in vodka and it’s very acidic lol.. Has anyone else tried goofy things like this or just us? Cuz I really want to find a liquid with nitrites and nitrates for testing lol! Only because I hear nitrate tests are the most likely to just not work.. even though I’m starting believe there’s nothing wrong with my test kit I’m having fun with it.. anyone else have a thought on this?