Can you tell us the details of the process you used to start your cycling?
What was your initial water source?
Did you add anything to help jump start the process?
What is your ammonia source and how much did you use?
If you used any aquarium filtration and aquarium water to help kick start things that would explain where your nitrates came from as well as why there are already nitrites so quickly.
I fear you may have overdosed a bit on the ammonia, I wouldn't dose anymore till you get down into a very light green color then I would only dose enough to get somewhere between 1-4 ppm and see if both ammonia and nitrite will drop within 24 hours before dosing again. Once you can dose to between 1-4 ppm and have both ammonia and nitrite drop to 0 in 24 hours, you are fishlessly cycled.
Hi Windy. Looks like you might be cycled - which is amazing considering how soon you got started!. Did you add an outside source of bacteria? The way to know is to stop adding ammonia and see if your ammonia and nitrite levels go to zero by this time tomorrow. That would mean that you have established both types of nitrifying bacteria and they are doing their job. Do you have plants in there yet?
Ok. Here are my numbers for today with the changes to the far right. AP is the aquaponic system tank and HT is my hospital tank.
The weird thing is in my AP tank my nitrates went down instead of up and my ammonia stayed the same. So I guess I am not cycling as fast as I had hoped. I had put my lights on the same timer as the pump and I'm wondering if that slowed things down?
As for my hospital tank it looks like not feeding them for a day helped with their numbers. I added something to help with cycling and gave them some food tonight. I'm worried if I go longer than a day they will start eating each other and I don't want to lose any of them.