I have a 3 gal that I want to set up for one of my bettas. I purchased Tom's mini filter, and a hang on the lip type of heater. The reason for the heater was so that I could accurately increase the temp during the cycling process, and this heater will be going into my 10 gallon once the process is complete and I have a mini heater currently in another betta tank that will be used in this 3 gal. OK, so I found the ammonia, said on the bottle it was pure and there are no ingredients listed. I found an instructional on Facebook that I was following. I started the process last Sunday, 7/17. I got the ammonia up to 4-5 ppm. I stopped adding ammonia, left it for a day or two and then started testing the ammonia levels. The instruction I am following did not state to add anymore of the ammonia, rather that I am waiting for the level to start dropping so that I need to test for nitrites. I have been, for about 5 days now. My ammonia seems to be hovering around 2 ppm and I have 0 nitrites. I also have a bubbler in there to add the extra oxygen and I added seed using gravel from my established 55 gal. I have read so many different instructions on when to add the seeded gravel and I added mine the first day. Again, the instructions I am following do not indicate that I should have been adding more ammonia daily. I have read the Cycling sticky here and it differs from what I have. I added a pinch of food to the water for the last 2 nights. Today it smelled in there pretty strong. I netted as much of the flakes as I could get. So I do not know what I should do. Should I start over or just keep waiting? Also, is the filter that I chose to use too small to cycle? I read good reviews about it in smaller tanks. Thanks in advance anyone!!!
PS. I changed out the seed gravel today, thinking that maybe the bacteria did not make it through getting the ammonia level up.. Was not sure what to do. I have it sitting on the bottom in tulle fabric (had not been washed) since I do not have any pantyhose to use..