Thanks for all the feedback everyone. Haven't been on here in a while, but since my last post ammonia is now completely gone after 12 hours or so. I think my success here was due to dosing up the gH to around 5 degrees using Seachem Equilibrium. I could tell my plants really appreciated the raised mineral content as well. Along with regular dosing of flourish, flourish trace, DIY CO2, and some root tabs they are really filling in nicely! I understand having plants should help with the cycle as well.
My only issue now is I'm stuck at the nitrIte<nitrAte phase of the cycle. My nitrItes are off the charts always. Unlike other posts I've seen though, there are nitrAtes present as well, around 10ppm. I suppose there are some bacteria converting my nitrItes but the colony really hasn't boomed yet. Ive stopped dosing the ammonia for the past two days and Im thinking of trying a large water change in another two days if nothing changes. This has been for about two weeks now of unreadable high nitrItes and relatively low nitrAtes.