Well, cycling has definitely started.
Started on the 13th, with 4ppm ammonia, along with a couple of Anubias nana plants, and 6 clumps of Cardinal plant from PetSmart.
on the 18th, I got some used filter media, and plants, at the monthly MASI
meeting. (Anubias hastifolia, Crypt walkeria (? unsure of the species name), 4 stems of Wisertia (Hygro Difformis), and a BIG clump of Java moss.
Ammonia started going down on the 20th, and is currently using about 2 mL a day. (readings tonight were 2 ppm for both ammonia and nitrite. (Actually, I think the Nitrite was a bit higher, the shade of purple wasn't quite what the card has for 2 or 5 ppm…) I added 2 mL of ammonia, and I will start testing the Nitrate tomorrow I think.
I also have my first fauna. A couple of snails hitched in on the plants from the MASI auction.
Not sure why the water is coming out as tinted as it is in the pic. It's not quite as noticeable in person.
Mopani wood on the left, with the Anubias plants on it. the Crypt in front of it. 2 clumps of cardinal plant on left, small one in front of the Java moss, then to the right are a couple other clumps as well as the wisteria.