So it's been 3 weeks since I got the 10 gallon. And I still don't have any nitrite or Nitrates readings at all, none, 0, zip. You get the point. And it's been 3 weeks. We started with Molly (the gold molly) and Snow (the Silver Molly that the woman at petsmart told me to get to speed things up) and a Snail (who is alive! yeah! that the petsmart woman said I needed).
I've been doing my water changes, everything seemed to be going well (not changing the filter till we're cycled, as per instructions). Then a week ago or so for no reason out of the blue Molly died. One minute she was simming happily eating with Snow and the next she plumitted to the floor dead as a dead can be. I left her for a bit, thinking she was stunned (I mean fish don't just keel over instantly like that do, they?) but she didn't move, definately dead, so she's gone. I put Berry (the tetra) in the 10 gallon, as we're still not getting any readings.
Instead of getting rid of the 2 gallon, I got a betta. Dispite a little tattered fins (that you can't see in thos little dishes they sell them in) she's going great. a nice colourful addition.
So, my question, quandry, why am I not getting any readings? Shouldn't I be getting something by now? I have a home for the Molly, so I can do some less messy fish, once we're cycled. But well, 3 weeks..........shouldn't I at least be getting some nitrite readings at this point? That's my major question. As an aside.......and ideas why Molly went from happily snacking one minute to the grim reaper the next?