Well I'm trying to begin to cycle my 20 Gallon long tank in order for it to be a sorority tank.
I filled the tank up several days ago. The same day I used the API ammonia liquid test kit and ammonia tested at .5-1.0. This was after I dosed the tank with Prime. Same thing the next day (yesterday). So I added more prime and tested again several hours later and still ammonia tested at least .5 if not 1.0.
I added another almost capful of Prime again today and its still testing that high. I also tested my source and its the exact same.
Whats weird though is that the 10G tank that currently houses 5 of the females is testing between 0 and .25..
How is this possible?
I'm not sure how to get started on my cycle (i plan on doing the shrimp method) if I can't get the ammonia down to at least .25 to start.
I was given advice recently to invest in an RO (reverse osmossis) system for under the sink since my source water has ammonia. I live in an apartment so I would need something I can take with me if (when) I move - most likely in July.
I'm really not sure if anyone can help me in getting my current 20 gallons under control so I can start to cycle but I thought I'd ask. Any help would be appreciated!