So as some of you may know I've been fishless cycling for a month now. I STILL DON'T HAVE ANY NITRITES. Actually, that was a lie. I bought Nutrafin Cycle a few days ago. The day after I used the Nutrafin Cycle I had a reading for nitrites. Imagine my excitement when seeing that water turn purple after a month of it being blue, eh? So now I'm thinking these nitrites aren't legit, that they came from the Nutrafin Cycle and they're just chillin' in my tank doing nothing. Three days later and the ammonia is not going down. It's still at the same 3-5ppm as it has been for a month. WHY ISN'T THIS WORKING?!
I'm giving it two more weeks. If there is no progress, I'm emptying out the water, refilling with fresh conditioned water, and getting my Betta. If I go this route, how long will it take for the ammonia level to reach .25 before I do a water change? In a day, a couple of days? How long do you propose a fish-in cycle would take?