I did the bleach & hot water rinse treatment, and set it to dry (hoping it evaporated all the rest of the bleach that the hot water might have not removed)
Yes, a daily 100% water change was all I did, before I was doing two 50% changes per week as I did not want to agitate or stress my fish out too much. Turns out I'm the bigger wimp, he doesn't turn stripey as long as I thought he did in the temporary cup I would place him in while I rinse off his tank & gravel. As soon as he's placed in his hexagon he is back to his original colors.
I recently came across ammonia without surfactant! (finally) Or so the hardware store lady told me, I shook the gallon a couple times and didn't see any foam, added about 50 drops to my tank, kept an eye on it for a day - no foam, nothing seemingly out of the ordinary. Hope all is well, there are no ingredients listed but the label of the product says "Clear - contains no phosphates".
I'm currently waiting for nitrite readings, ammonia is at a constant 5ppm, heater @ 78, no lights, and the filter running 24-7.
Looking forward to putting fishy in his new home!