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Okay, I am trying not to be impatient but this tank cycling is taking sooooo long! I have poor Joe Cool in a stupid vase while his pretty pristine tank is getting cycled. It has been two weeks and there are no signs of nitrites, sigh. I put 3 drops of ammonina in a five gallon tank every day. I also heated it to 82 to speed things along (?). So should I be seeing nitrites by now? Also I am concerned about ph. Our water is very hard. Should I be doing something about that? I put water conditioner in the tank. Was that right? Also (this should probably be in aquarium plant forum) I am looking at live plants and I am guessing that I need to get low light requirement plants, someone said that Bettas have sensitive eyes. Which reminds me, is 15 watts too bright? Thanks everyone for all your help! I obviously need lots of it!