Cycling an Aquarium

One of the earliest topics a new aquarium hobbyist needs to learn is how to properly cycle their aquarium. There is a ton of information on this...
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    I didn’t actually add anything this time as the rock was cooking for so long. Wanted to see if it had any effect on the cycle. Any chance anyone came up with a formula for ammonia to system volume or do I just add and test until I hit 1ppm?
     

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    What type of ammonia are you using?

    This calculator should work for you if you are using a diluted ammonia.
    https://www.hamzasreef.com/Contents/Calculators/AmmoniaCycling.php
     
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    So I added a bag with some Krill the other day and this is my tests since.
    11/6/17
    Ammonia =0
    Nitrate =5
    Nitrite =0
    11/7/17
    Ammonia =0
    Nitrite =0
    Nitrate =5
    11/8/17
    Ammonia =0
    Nitrate =5
    Nitrite =0
    11/9/17
    Ammonia =0
    Nitrite =0
    Nitrate =5
    11/10/17
    Ammonia =0
    Nitrite =0
    Nitrate =5
    The Krill is now disintegrated. Think I’m good to add a few friends?
     
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    Just got water flowing in my 57G about 3 days ago, water is still slightly cloudy from the sand. When should I start running my first nitrate and ammonia tests?
     
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    I would feel better if you saw an increase in nitrate. The fact that the numbers haven't changed makes it hard for me to say one way or the other. Not getting ammonia is a great sign though.
     
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    What did you add as an ammonia source?
     
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