Before I start these are my readings (API Mater kit used):
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0.25 ppm
Nitrate: 5 ppm (Somewhere between 0 and 5)
Well it's been 3 weeks and I am at this stage. I have been using the shrimp method during this time and I am hoping that I am close to the end :)
I have a few concerns though. I removed the shrimp (ammonia source) from my tank 3 days ago. Was this the right thing to do? Since the ammonia reached 0 I figured the shrimp was just dirtying up the tank at this point. If I am wrong and the shrimp should have stayed in, how long do I have to get another ammonia source?
Second question is, my nitrite is going down and soon it will reach 0 but weirdly enough my nitrate is still very low. I expected my nitrate to reach 10 ppm or something but I barely get a reading of 5 ppm and that is kind of pushing it. I have a few live plants in my tank and I did a water change yesterday. Should I expect a nitrate spike any time soon?
I feel that I'm so close yet so far and my anticipation for a betta is so hard to contain :) Any ideas on what I should look out for in this stage of the cycling process to avoid and mishaps once I get my Betta?
Again, all help is appreciated