Hi, I've been cycling my 50l tank using fish food as an ammonia source for a week now. I've just tested the water with my API liquid kit. The results are pH 8.0 (I asked my local Maidenhead aquatics store about this and they said there ph is the same)
Does this sound right? I'm not in any rush, but I didn't think I'd see a nitrate spike until the nitrites had dropped. Have I overdone the fish food and rushed the process?