Alright I know how to use google and I've read every article I can find on cycling but my tank isn't doing its thing. I've had my Eclipse Hexagon 5 for 4 weeks now with my betta only in it. I've had bettas in the past but I've never known about the nitrogen cycle, I'm older now and I don't want my new friend to suffer. I started the tank out with distilled water, aquarium salt and API stress zyme and stress coat. I added a few live plants as well. I didn't read about cycling the tank until about two weeks after I set up my tank and put him in, by then I had already changed out the carbon filter (the hex 5 has a bio wheel which I left in) once.
So I bought APIs master test kit and when I tested my water after two weeks of being set up the ammonia levels were at 2ppm and I had zero nitrate and zero nitrite. I've since been doing 20% water changes every three days to keep the ammonia levels between .75ppm and 1.0ppm. I removed the plants in week three because I was afraid they might be dying and that was the cause of my tanks refusal to cycle. My tank has been at 80-82F the entire time and I'm now in week four with zero nitrates and zero nitrites. For the last week I've switched to tap water (conditioned to remove chlorine, of course) but I still have no evidence of the nitrates or nitrites.... What gives?
How long did it take your tanks to cycle? am I just being impatient or am I doing something wrong?