So, on June 8th, I bought a 5 gallon tank (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Aqua...-Pets/12177653
) which came with a power filter (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Regent-For...-1-ct/10313136
). I also bought a heater for 5-15 gallon tanks (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Heater-1-ct/10291808
). I also bought gravel, a thermometer, silk plants and a cave.
Once I got home, I washed everything and put it in my tank. I added tap water and put some water conditioner in that was included with the tank. I turned on the heater and the filter.
I read the sticky on cycling and decided to go with the fishless cycle using pure ammonia. While I was at the store, I bought a bottle of ammonia. There wasn't a liquid test kit at the store, so I had to buy online and it just arrived yesterday. I wanted to start the cycling process, so I added a capful of ammonia to my tank as soon as I had it set up and I've been adding one capful each night.
I tested my water for the first time yesterday morning as soon as I received the test kit. I also tested again today and had the exact same results:
I realised my ammonia was really, really high. I didn't add ammonia at all last night to my tank.
So, my question, what can I do about the high level of ammonia? Should I just wait it out? Would a water change help? And if so, how much? Any other suggestions?