Hey all, I'm new to the forum. I haven't had a running tank in 6 or so years and I'm trying to relearn as lot of stuff. I've got my 20L set up and pretty decently planted and I'm eventually going to stock 10 cherry shrimp to have a low tech planted shrimp tank. I've already got quite the population of pond snails who came in on the plants. I've read they can help keep the bioload up since shrimp don't produce much themselves. I've got a HOB filter running, air stone and a tank heater keeping it at 80 degrees as I'd heard you can speed up cycling at higher temps.
I'm doing fishless cycling and I'm 2+ weeks in. I dose the tank with enough ammonium chloride to bring my ammonia up to 2.0 ppm each night and then 24 hours later my ammonia is zero. My Nitrite has been at 2.0 ppm for 4 days and my nitrates are usually between 5 and 10 ppm. The ammonia has been zeroing out from 2.0 in 24 hours for the last 4 days. My question is about Nitrite. Is there a direct relationship between the Ammonia converted and the nitrite produced? Since I am bringing 2 ppm of ammonia to zero each day, would that create 2 ppm of Nitrite? I'm trying to determine whether the nitrite reducing bacteria are starting to build up and that's why my Nitrite is no higher than 2.0. I guess I've just got my hopes up that I can get this thing cycled in under a month. Any guidance would be appreciated.