Last week on the 22nd I started my ammonia tank cycling. I have a 5 gallon and I did about 3 drops ammonia to get my tank 4-5ppm.
Now, today (the 30th) I checked the ammonia again and it's still 4-5ppm. The water in my tank is starting to evaporate, I'm not sure if the water level decreasing is throwing off the measurements but I was expecting at least a little bit of a color change in my kit. But nope.
I'm not in a rush, but I'm just wondering if it takes longer than 7 days to start noticing a decrease. It's the very first step and I have no "seeding" media in my tank, starting from scratch, so perhaps that's why it's taking longer.
Basically I just want to know if this sounds normal, or if there's something I'm missing. I currently don't have a heater in the tank, my apt has been pretty warm and the water stays at about 75. I was going to wait until it was time to put a betta in before I got the heater, though I understand that it can help bacteria growth.