Hi all, Okay, so this is my second go on a fishless cycle. first go I tried to use fish food to create ammonia and just never got the levels up. after weeks of cloudy, slimy water and still not enough ammonia I just decided to "cut!" and "take 2" LOL. So -- cleaned tank and refilled with water. this will be a bare bottom tank but I have two pots with substrate and matrix. I have added ammonia, stability (and prime), and Seachem matrix (biomedia), and I have the API master test kit. this is day three. Question 1: When do I start testing the water after I put ammonia and stability in? the next day? or how soon can i expect to see nitrites and therefore start testing? I can't really find any great step by step directions for this process. Question 2: I read in another thread that once you see Nitrites you should "slow down" on the ammonia? How much less ammonia? Like half? or?... I'm sure I will have tons more questions and I'm so grateful i found this great pool of knowledge and for your willingness to share!