I have been cycling my 10 gallon tank. But i had live plants in there 2 anubis nana, and 3 java fern. As i was dosing at a high range of pure ammonia they started to die off and obviously give off ammonia. But as soon as my ammnoia went to 2 ppm after 2 weeks my nitrite went sky high off the charts then into nitrate. I kept dosing the ammonia as this transitioned through the cycle. But to know its truly cycled you have to wait till it gets to 0ppm but mine never has does that mean its not ready or because the constant ammonia coming from the dying plants? I dosed the ammonia when it was around 2 ppm and went to 4 ppm within 24 hours it went to 2 ppm but i think the plants are just messing everything up but i dont want to remove them if im going to use them later on.