Firstly I would like to say that I've read through the forum a bit and have seen some of the info I'm looking for but here I'm asking for personal experiences rather than a simple answer. I have a 50g aquarium newly set up with ADA Amazonia [ 50g Cube Journal ]
and from what I've already gathered it lowers ph and releases relatively large amounts of ammonia for several weeks.
One question I have is; has anyone else had levels of very high nitrate and medium levels of nitrite within the first week in addition to the ammonia like I have? I'm talking upwards of 80ppm. The results show 6.2 ph, 8.0ppm Ammonia, 0.25ppm Nitrite, and 80ppm Nitrate.
Second, how low have you
observed your ph dropping during the cycle and after the cycle did it increase again at all, if so how how high did it go before it topped out? I know that end results will vary depending on your location's water's hardness, I'd like to be able to estimate where I may end up once the tank is fully established so I can add the desired fish when the time comes.
Last, similar to the above, how long did you
have ammonia readings after a water test?
Thanks ahead of time and thanks again for reading through all that, I did my best to condense the questions.