I've read to many conflicting viewpoints from articles supposedly written by experts on the process of cycling. About half say to keep aquarium lights on and the other half says to keep the tank away from all light if at all possible.
The first claims that light helps the bacteria grow/shortens cycle and the other claims light inhibits bacteria from growing/slowing cycle.
Now I know some bacteria thrive in light while other types do better in the dark. So I don't know which to believe.
Does anyone have any information or advice?
Should I keep them on or keep them off?
Also, I added the ammonia three days ago (kinda overdosed by accident) up to 7 or 8 ppm and it still hasn't gone down by much if any. I can't tell if it has gone down at all because the color chart included with the API test kit is so difficult to read. Especially between 8ppm and 4ppm. Will 8ppm and higher turn the water almost a solid green?