1 week ago:So i decided to quit the stinking shrimp method and start using ammonium Hydroxide. I also heavily planted my tank
Ammonia levels were decreasing from around 4ppm to 1ppm everyday, but 0 nitrites and 0 nitrates.
I also sold my stock filter that came with my tank and bought a Penguin biowheel 150. The Aqueon that came with the tank had this blue plastic bio grid which i didn't like. i still retained the old filter media and am using it in the second filter slot of my new penguin. I borrowed my friends filter media from his already established tank and squeezed the water from his filters onto mine, rubbed it over my filter, and jammed his small biowheel into my filter for a day and half as well. i also added about a coffee cup of his tank's water to mine. I've been checking ammonia levels and been keeping it at around a little above 4ppm. But in the past 3 days, my nitrites have shot past 5ppm and my Nitrates have touched 80 i guess. Ammonia is still around .5 - 1.0
That was super crazy and am again confused as to what to do now? should i just stop adding ammonia, wait for my ammonia and nitrites to drop to zero and 80% water change + add fish? or did i screw up by jamming my friend's established filter into my filter? And are these nitrites and nitrates because of his beneficial bacteria on his filter and not from mine?
One other thing is that ever since i got the penguin bioWheel and jammed his filter into mine for a while, my tank has been too cloudy. the bio wheel is also producing a little amount of micro bubbles even though my water level is a little higher than the lower lip of the filter, but the cloudiness seems to be because of some suspended particulate matter. I switched off my filter for about 2 hrs, but most of the particles were still suspended in the water column. what are those? is that because of a bacterial bloom?