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cycling tank(ADA soil),high ammonia & nitrate

Hi guys ,

Recently started a 4 gallon tank 2 weeks back .
Im using ADA africana and malaya soil .
It's not heavily planted , just some java fern , moss , crypts , anubias .
It's a low tech tank currently housing only 1 cardinal tetra and 1 oto from another tank .
Added a HOB and some water from another tank to speed up the cycle .
Added Seachem Stability according to instruction .

1 week later i tested the water with API master test kit and got a shock .
Ammonia and Nitrate reading was off the chart , like 4.0 ppm and 80ppm .
I know ADA soil gives off plenty of ammonia at the start , is my reading for ammonia normal ?
Its been 2 weeks and my nitrate is so high too , I wonder if i missed the Nitrite spike at all . Wondering if my tank is already cycled becaused I only test the water 1 week after .

For the past 3 days been doing 40% water change daily and reading is still about the same .
Should I continue to do more water change or shall I just let the tank be ?
Tested my tap water for both ammonia and nitrate and it's fine .
My tank PH is about 6.2
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With Ammonia that high, your tank is not cycled. Thankfully, it's just ammonium, which doesn't seem to harm fish and invertebrates as bad as it's counterpart, ammonia. With ADa aquasoil, you generally need to wait 3-6 weeks for the soil to cycle before adding live stock. Be happy your PH is low, any higher, and your fish would be dead.
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With Ammonia that high, your tank is not cycled. Thankfully, it's just ammonium, which doesn't seem to harm fish and invertebrates as bad as it's counterpart, ammonia. With ADa aquasoil, you generally need to wait 3-6 weeks for the soil to cycle before adding live stock. Be happy your PH is low, any higher, and your fish would be dead.
Hi Jester ,
Thanks for the info , guess the ADA soil is buffering my PH on the low .
One thing I don't get it is the Nitrate level at a high , did 40% water change daily for 4 days still about the same reading ...
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Get ready for massive ammonia leeching with ADA soil. My tank topped out at 8ppm ammonia when I was doing fishless cycle with ADA amazonia. Took about three weeks dosing Nite-Out II but once cycle was finished I now have 0 everything and fully stocked. I wouldn't recommend keeping your fish in there until the cycle is completely done.
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