It is beautiful...but definitely glad I don't have to work tomorrow! They are really behind on plowing the roads so I doubt I could even get out of my driveway again right now, haha.
I hope my tank is cycled soon too. When I started it up, most of the water and about half of the gravel was from other tanks. The gravel was in a 2 gal that had been running for a couple weeks (pretty sure that tank wasn't cycled) and the water was from my mom's well-established tank. I know not much bacteria resides in the water alone, but I thought it might help a little bit. I don't think my water conditioner (was Aqua Safe until today but just ran out so now I have Stress Coat) does anything for nitrites or ammonia, but I will definitely retest in the morning and go from there. Up until now I have been doing a water change every 3 days (Monday, Thursday, Sunday, etc) but looks like I might need to go every other day at minimum to keep my ammonia down.
I will say this, next tank I set up I am definitely going to try and be patient and do a fishless cycle!!!