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Cycling Concern

I've been fishless cycling my 10 gallon for a month and my ammonia is looking great, it will take 2.0 ppm to 0 within 24 hours every day. My nitrite is at 0. But my nitrate reading won't go down. Water temperature is about 80. I put in the tank 1 - 5" driftwood, 1 - conconut hut, 2 - 1.5" marimo balls 4 weeks ago and 2 - golf ball size java moss 2 weeks ago. Should I add more plants? Do more water changes? I did 2 - 50% water changes 3 and 4 days ago and it's back up to 80 ppm. Should I keep dosing with ammonia? Should I stop, do another water change and put a fish in there? This will be a shrimp tank with a divider and has 2 sponge filters currently.
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I've been fishless cycling my 10 gallon for a month and my ammonia is looking great, it will take 2.0 ppm to 0 within 24 hours every day. My nitrite is at 0. But my nitrate reading won't go down. Water temperature is about 80. I put in the tank 1 - 5" driftwood, 1 - conconut hut, 2 - 1.5" marimo balls 4 weeks ago and 2 - golf ball size java moss 2 weeks ago. Should I add more plants? Do more water changes? I did 2 - 50% water changes 3 and 4 days ago and it's back up to 80 ppm. Should I keep dosing with ammonia? Should I stop, do another water change and put a fish in there? This will be a shrimp tank with a divider and has 2 sponge filters currently.
You're done ...cycle complete. Nitrates don't go down. Some is consumed by plants and the rest has to be removed by water changes. As long as you keep adding NH3, the nitrates will keep piling up as the BB converts the NH3 into NO3.

Stop adding NH3, do enough of a water change to get NO3 down to about 10ppm and put fish and plants in.
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Do a 75-80% water change and stop dosing ammonia then its time to stock and enjoy.
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