While I am waiting for the plants, I do have one question about cycling this. I know I have read where it is not necessary to do a fishless cycle if you have plants because the plants help out in it, but I did one anyways while I was waiting to build the hood and get the plants. So here is what happened:
I started cycling it on May 1st, adding enough ammonia to get it over 4 ppm. On May 18th, I started getting nitrites, with it showing off the charts from May 24 thru June 1st. Ammonia started going down so I was adding 1 tsp each night to bring it back to 4, then it would go down to 1 by the next night. The nitrites started dropping and were at 1.0 from June 4-9, then from the 10th-13th they were .5. Now I tested today, and they were back to 1.0 and the Ammonia has not dropped since I added the usual amount on June 11th. The only thing different I did was I added the ammonia at midnight on the 11th where I have been typically adding it at 7:00 pm. That shouldn't make any difference should it? Other than that, I did nothing different. Why did the ammonia not go down this time and the nitrite went up a little? If I get the plants planted next weekend, will it be safe to add at least the fish I have and a few more, or should I let this cycle complete?