Where in the cycle am I?

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Hi reef2reefers,

I am cycling my first tank in a while and it seems like something is off on my cycle. I am reading .25 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite, and about 15 Nitrate. These results confuse me because in all the charts I see the ammonia should drop before the nitrates rise.

Here is what I have done over the cycle:
Started 2 weeks ago 4/17
All but a few live rocks
Live Sand
Dosed a bottle of Dr Tims bacteria
Added a Damsel 4/28 (have learned since about bottled ammonia)

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@Dburr1014 What test kit do you recommend? Also is it weird I never had any major algae outbreaks or detritus? I did have some green hair algae but that was also because I left the lights on at the start of the cycle. No detritus tho...
 

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Ugly stages are coming. Steady as you go.
I like salifert, and I like Hanna for alk.
I haven't tested for ammonia in probably 7 years. API are good for seeing trends not so much for an actual hard number.
Detritus is fish poop, no fish(or 1 fish) no poop.
 
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