I have since purchased and 29 gallon tank and started the process of fishless cycling. i started, i believe, on the 6th, and after almost 20 days im starting to get impatient. i'm very eager to purchase and home 2 goldfish and a few nerite snails, but it feels like my cycle is taking extra long. what i did: (step by step) day one: i bought all my junk, set up the tank with rocks and plastic/silk plants and little hidey-holes fliter and all that. i filled it with tap water then used aqueon water conditioner to dechlorinate. i dosed by water and my readings were something like ammo - 4ppm, ite - 0, ate - 0, and the natural ph of my tap water was about 7.6 days 3: in one of the little starter kits i bought, it came with this super vague and cheap water heater. while i'm aware that you do not necessarily need a heater for goldfish (because they're "cold" water fish/not tropical) i read a scary story about how temperature fluctuation can stress your fish out. i was thinking if i could find a way to keep the heater as low as possible, it would keep my tank at the coolest possible setting and no colder. day 7ish? this did not go as planned. over the course of a few days i made a mistake and when i came home from work my water was warm to the touch at ~100 degrees. i took out the heater, took off little tank cover/lid thing, put a couple fozen water bottles in there, and over the next few days it cooled down and now stays around 78 - 80degrees (side question 1: several people have told me that this is an ok temperature for goldfish. however several other people have told me that this will stress your fish out, they'll eat too much, there's not enough oxygen in the water blah blah. could two goldfish handle this temperature of do i need to rethink everything?) at this time i had still not seen any signs of progress. my ammo stayed still at 4ppm, with 0 nitrites and nitrates. day... 12?? - i bought a bacterial supplement. i think it's by topfin? i googled it before i put it into my tank, and some people said that it would probably not do anything while others said it might speed up your cycle. i took my chances and put in a little bit less than it told me to. day 13 or 14 - i tested my ph again because the guy at the petstore scared me. i a filter made for a 50g tank for my 29, and i know this to be ideal. i'm currently keeping my water level a little low so it splashes and makes lots of air bubbles. i also purchased a cheap air pump for a 10g and hooked it up to a bubble wand that i keep towards the back of the tank. i wasn't too worried about oxygen but after reading that wamer water has less oxygen i wanted everything to be perfect. i told this to the fish store guy and he told me that TOO MUCH OXYGEN WILL TURN YOUR WATER INTO ACID!?!?????????????????????????????? so i rushed home and tested my ph, it seemed to be a bit higher at >8, but not considerably higher. at this time my ammo was starting to look like it was between 2 and 4ppm. day 19 - today my ammo looks like it's at about 1 or 2ppm, but i'm started to doubt all my earlier information. my nitrites still look like they're at 0, and i'm beginning to get discouraged. i have not done any water changes or removed anything from my tank. my bubble wand is still bubbling and my filter still filtering. i just want fish!!