I don’t know what to say except for that I feel so defeated. I’ve been fishless cycling a 5 gallon since like the 22nd of October and it’s been my living nightmare. There’s soooo much algae and my plants have been flip flopping between doing fine and basically dying. I’ve got the nitrates up to 40 ppm and they’ve been there a while but my ammonia just WILL NOT drop to 0. It only will drop to 0.25 and it’s done that for over a week and I’m losing my mind with everything this tank is putting me through. I just can’t understand why it won’t go to 0 and then with the half-dying plants and algae that’s impossible to manage it makes me want to quit despite having spent $250+ on the whole setup. This was more of a vent than anything else but I honestly feel like a failure.