Question about cycling..
Okay, so I have a 125g that I'm trying to cycle. I had to wait a couple weeks for my light to arrive and I ended up starting to do a fishless cycle while I waited (probably not the best idea, but it's too late now).
About a week ago, I added a bunch of plants (not as much as Rexx suggests in his guide, but a decent amount) and shortly after that, I got my nitrite spike. The nitrites came up to ~2-3ppm and have stayed around the same level ever since. My ammonia levels are always at 0 (aside from when I add it in) and when I add ammonia to the tank, it's gone back to zero by the next day. My problem is that I haven't detected any nitrates yet and I'm assuming my plants are using them up faster than they are being produced? Should I keep adding ammonia to the tank? Any ideas how to get the tank fully cycled? Is it just a matter of time before the nitrates take hold?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.