ok, for those that haven't read my other threads. on sunday i got a used 10gal that came with three (i think they are rather large) goldfish that have been living in that tank for the last 27 months. the filter is an aquaclear 30 and there is an air pump as well with a what looks like a rock at the end that blows bubbles. the previous owner said that he had cleaned the filter on the 25, two days before i got it. i don't know exactly what he meant by him cleaning it. i don't know if he replaced everything or just rinsed thing out.
so i got a test kit today while i was out (foolish me, i didn't even think to pick up any other chemicals to adjust anything once i found out the levels though), it's a nurtrafin master test kit (its a liquid) and i tested everything. the following is the results:
nitrite between 1.6-3.3, possibly higher. the color is hard to tell the difference on...
ammonia between 0.6-1.2, closer to 1.2
PH between 7.4-7.6, again, the color is hard to tell the difference of
from what i read on the sheets i think the ammonia and nitrite is high. i believe ammonia is supposed to be at 0 right? but these are supposed to be high in the beginning of a cycle right? so assuming that the previous owner has completely changed all media in the filter, the cycle has been going now 6 days? or would me draining the water and moving the fish to my place have interrupted that? the good bacteria is in the filter right? it stayed wet from the previous owner's to my place. was probably not in operation for all of 15-20 minutes.
from my betta and from the previous owner i do have nutrafin fish bowl cleaner, nutrafin betta plus bowl conditioner and nutrafin aqua plus tap water conditioner. i know i don't want to add chemicals to the tank while its cycling. but i don't want chlorine or chloramine in the water when i change it either. where there are 3 goldfish in there right now, i think i need to change at least 25% to get the nitrites down for them. but its cycling. do i change the water and condition it with the aqua plus to get rid of the chlorine and chloramine? or do i make the fish wait it out? i read up on cycling but i'm confused about this part with fish in.
the goldfish are going to my mother's this weekend. i am getting a 25 gal friday. should i wait on giving her the goldfish and use them the cycle the 25? if i am to keep the 10 gal as a hospital/quarantine tank i read i should keep it running. if i keep the goldfish to cycle the 25 gal should i wait until after the 10 gal is done? could i put 2 in the 25 gal to get the started and leave 1 in the 10 gal to finish that one?
i know this is a lot of questions and i thank you greatly for all your patience with me. i am doing my own reading but keeping a tank seems so much more complicated and i'm unsure and get confused on points. again, thank you for all your help and patience