Tank Cycling - ADA Malaya & Ammonia?
Hi all, I have recently broken down my 300l tank ready to build it back up heavily planted. I have used ADA Malaya (3 x 9l) and currently I am trying to cycle the tank with no plants or fish (my lfs said that high ammonia leeching could destroy the plants).
I started by dosing the tank to 3 ppm with Ammonia solution but suddenly it has gone through the roof (6+ with an API liquid test kit)
My questions are -
Could the high Ammonia be the substrate and how long is it likely to leech high levels of Ammonia?
Should I be carrying out regular water changes to get the Ammonia down?
Currently it is reading 6+ for Ammonia, ph is 6 and I know I live in a soft water area ( not totally sure of the hardness). There are no Nitrites.