If nitrates show up nitrites were present
Unless the nitrates are in the tap water, which I'm about to test.If nitrates show up nitrites were present
That bottle you added probably rid you of any nitrites at the time due to the bacteria contained in it. I'm not sure about the overall stability of your tank right now, though...test your tap for ammo/nitrites/nitrates and keep monitoring your tank parameters for a few days. Add ammonia to a set ppm and then check your levels from there.Unless the nitrates are in the tap water, which I'm about to test.
I've tested for ammonia every day and kept the level up to 4-5 ppm and started testing for nitrites on day 2...would I have missed them in the first 48 hours?
Patience is what I suggest. I have always cycled tanks by adding benificial bacteria and adding a few guppies. And then just waiting until my tank is cycled. Keep testing the water and keeping it suitable for the guppies to live. (If possible) If the guppies die put new ones in. Once the water params are suitable for the guppies, buy some cheap ghost shrimp until the nitrates remain at a level to where more delicate shrimp can live in your tank. If you have nitrates though then something is going on in your tank.Way to go Kyle! I hope you have all the success you desire. Best of luck always.