Okay, here's where I'm at now:
Tested ammonia last night and it was pretty much down to 0ppm so I redosed with ammonia back up to about 2ppm.
NitrItes = 0ppm
NitrAtes = over 80ppm. It's such a dark red...can't tell exactly but definitely well over 80ppm!
The last time I dosed with ammonia up to about 2ppm it took 6 days to go back down to 0ppm.
What should I be doing? I'm really wondering if I should do a partial water change to get the NitrAtes down. They seem pretty high, though I'm a beginner so this whole thing makes me anxious!!!
I'm going to check my pH level tonight. When I started cycling it was around 8+pH. Not sure if I've changed that by topping off with tap water (conditioned of course) after so much evaporation. Could this mess with my cycle?
Thanks again. I don't know how I would do this without this forum!!!