I'm trying to cycle a 6-gallon tank as quickly as possible (my poor betta is in a 1-gallon bowl).
I started with conditioned water and added Tetra Safestart just to introduce some bacteria (I don't believe the "immediately safe" bit). I added just a little pure ammonia, and now it's at 1ppm.
Do I need to get the ammonia level higher in order to see a noticeable nitrite spike? I don't want to get it so high that this takes a really long time, but I do want to know when the nitrites spike and I'm not sure if that's enough ammonia.
I'm rushing because my betta's fins are curling and he needs to be moved ASAP. It's is not warm enough in his bowl (even with a small heater) and he can't really exercise, so the faster I can do a thorough cycle, the better.
Thanks so much for any/all advice!