Originally Posted by shellieca
The water column doesn't have much BB, its the filter media, substrate & decos that have the most with the filter having the bulk. Are you using a liquid test kit? When cycling a tank fish IN its really important to keep the ammonia/nitrites <.25 if possible. If your tap water smells like chlorine its really important to use a water conditioner like Prime since it removes it. You might have your mom add some Prime to the tank every other day to detox any ammonia/nitrites that may build up while you're gone & then you did a good water change when you get back.
I am using a liquid test kit. It was sitting between 0 and .25 i just rounded up thanks for all the help everyone!