I've been cycling my 5 gallon (hope to divide it) using a fishless method with fish food. These are the ammonia and nitrite readings today. I tested the nitrate the day before and it was 5-10. Please tell me it is cycled, or at least at the very end. The tank is so nasty looking and it's all I can do to NOT vacuum it out. Even the filter is nasty. I know to wait a few days after it has cycled to be sure though. So when I do get to clean it out, do I just change 80% of the water and try to vacuum as much out as I can. How do I do it without disturbing everything too much. (In one of the stickies, it says to vacuum without moving anything.) But there's fish food and and other "dirt" in
the gravel. Do I swish the filter cartridge (internal filter) in the old water, or leave it alone for another week or so? Also, I've got gravel in a net and in a cup that was from my cycled 10 gallon. I want it back in there so when do I take it out. Plus one or 2 plastic plants that came from the 10 gallon as well.
The readings below were from 2 days ago