Hello all, I am cycling my 10 gallon tank. I have been going at this for about a month now. I started with a fish in cycle, but after less than a week, my betta was suffering from ammonia stress so I pulled him from the tank and have been attempting a fishless cycle since then. The tank stays a toasty 80 degrees and is filtered. I have three live plants in the tank. I am getting super impatient. I know these things take time, but until two days ago, I was not getting any nitrite or nitrate readings at all. I wanted to see if anyone can tell me if I'm on the right track or not and how close I might be to getting this tank cycled. It is becoming somewhat of an emergency, as I just adopted my first female. She is currently being housed with Dwarden3 until I get my two boys in their divided ten gallon, freeing up space in my smaller tanks.
I am a noob with the liquid test kit, but I think my ammonia is at either .5 or 1 ppm (down from the 2 ppm two days ago), nitrites look to be anywhere between 2 and 5 pp (way up from .25 ppm two days ago), and nitrates look to be slightly up from the 0 ppm it was two days ago, maybe about 3 ppm. Here are the pictures of my test results so you can see for yourself.
Any advice for where I am in my cycle? What should I do from here on out? Any advice at all?