Some of you may know that I did a fish-in cycle with my 29 gallon... and didn't use a test kit on it, so I went in blindly... Some very poor decisions on my part. So since I'm restarting my 10 gallon, I'd like to do it right this time. But I've yet to find a few things that I need to know. What exactly in the parameters of the water will I be looking for? I know I want as little as possible (or none?) ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. In a cycled aquarium, what are normal parameters? 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and little to none nitrate? That's just my guess. What kind of fluctuations can I expect during the cycle? How often do I test? Every day, or maybe every few days? I plan to start a log for this aquarium so I can reflect on it if and when I start any other aquariums Edit: I know I could use filter media from my 29g to cycle it quickly, but I want to experience the cycle if there may be a time when I can't instant-cycle an aquarium.