Question Fishless Cycling Question

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okay, so currently I'm doing a fishless cycle for my 5.5 gallon tank. I decided to follow christine Ha’s tutorial on youtube for this since the video, imo, gave the best explanation for me to understand cycling since this is my first time cycling a tank. Now I'm currently on day 9 of my cycle and so far, I haven't seen much. I started with 3.0ppm the first time I tested my water, which I know is a little under the average range you want to be. Ive been testing every two days and the only change ive seen is that now ive dropped to 2.0ppm. Also, I add about 10ML of bacteria daily but today I decided to add 15ML bacteria. The brand I'm using is API quick start nitrifying bacteria. I know cycling takes time, but is this normal...? Ive been so nervous about doing this correctly. I may just be acting impatient, but I wanna hear your guys thoughts.
 

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What are the numbers for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? If the ammonia has dropped you should see the nitrite rising.
 
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What are the numbers for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? If the ammonia has dropped you should see the nitrite rising.
Ammonia is 2.0ppm, nitrite is 0ppm, and nitrates is 0ppm
 

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I would just keep doing what you're doing. I haven't used the API bacteria before but I have cycled a tank using tetra safe start and it cycled in a couple of weeks.
 
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I would just keep doing what you're doing. I haven't used the API bacteria before but I have cycled a tank using tetra safe start and it cycled in a couple of weeks.
Okay, thanks! I just thought it was super weird that my ammonia is going down yet I haven't seen any nitrites nor have any nitrates. I think I might test daily and see if I can “catch” a glimpse of some nitrites...as silly as that sounds.
 

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