I started officially "cycling" my 5 gallon tank on 7/6, when I put in two shrimp. I have a Whisper-Bio Scrubber filter. I didn't have anything from a previous tank to seed it with.
I just got my Master Test Kit today, and my current readings are:
ph = 7.6
ammonia = 8.0
nitrites = 0
nitrates = 0
Is this about where they should be?
The reason I'm paranoid about this is that I originally used a "Quick Start" product recommended by my LFS, who told me I could immediately put in my fish and then test the water in a week or so. Well, within two days he just wasn't himself, was lethargic, wasn't eating, etc. When I used the little paper strips, it showed that nitrites were WAY up. I quickly put him back in the 1.5 they originally sold me, and did 100% water changes for three days, when he seemed to be back to his old self. I feel like I dodged a bullet on that one. So I want to make triple sure that things are going OK. I won't put him back in this tank until it's all 0's. It seems weird that the nitrites were really high before, and are at 0 now. Is that normal?