I have a 5 gallon that I've had set up and running for 2 weeks now. I was trying to do a fishless cycle by using fish food as an ammonia source. I only had test strips, so I was basically just putting food in and hoping that something good was happening.
Finally got an api test kit today and checked the parameters in the 5 gallon. ammonia = .50, nitrite = .25, nitrate = 0.
Can someone tell me where I'm at here? I haven't done any water changes. I seeded the 5 gallon by running it's filter in my cycled 10 gallon for about 3 days. I added a small amount of the blue stuff from the 10 gallon's filter cartridge along with some gravel from the 10 gallon.