Wow thanks that is awesome ! I had and do have live plants in mine too. Nitrites at 5 days that is so great you must have been trilled, when mine started showing they were at .25 and never got any higher and now I never see a reading for them and my nitrate stays about 5.0 but somedays its 0. Yeah I get a little ammonia about every other day too. That power outage really is what threw mine off I believe and this is the first tank I have ever cycle so it was stressful and I did a fish in cycle and he did wonderful and enjoyed all the water changes...lol
Well after reading this I might just get the same tank again...lol I really do love the shape of it and there is so much space at the bottom to put things, I have two small caves and a rock decoration with holes he loves to swim though though and loves to explore his caves. I have Anacharis and Hornwort, what plants do you have ?