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I finally got my tank cycled (2ppm of Dr. Tim’s dropped to zero within 24 hours - fishless cycle) and did a 90% water change to clean out the nitrates. They still read over 20ppm so I did another ~25% change which got them down under 5. I went to the LPS and they recommended I get three marigold wag Platys to start. I added them on Saturday afternoon. All tests were good yesterday. 0 ammonia and nitrites, 5 nitrates. I tested again today (24 hours later) and ammonia had risen to .25, nitrites still 0, and nitrates up to 10. It’s very low so I’m not overly concerned just yet but it took me three months to cycle the tank and I’d really hate for it to have been a waste. The fish seem fine - no signs of distress - but I dosed some Ammo Lock to be safe. Is it normal to have a small ammonia spike like this? I’ll test again tonight and in the morning to make sure it’s not rising more.