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post #11 of 17 Old 05-16-2011, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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The snail is a gold mystery snail who, once comfortable, eats everything and goes pretty fast up and down the walls. My tank seems to be done cycling? Can that really happen in only a week? All of my levels are perfect and I checked the amonia at the store and it was 0. Maybe my plants sped up the process, but the tank seems to be doing great with all the fish thriving. I made a new post about my white molly possibly being pregnant? If you get a chance if you want to look at the picture I posted. Thankyou to everyone who replied to my post, I really appreciate all of the help you all gave me! Look forward to asking you more questions!
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-16-2011, 03:30 PM
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The snail is a gold mystery snail who, once comfortable, eats everything and goes pretty fast up and down the walls. My tank seems to be done cycling? Can that really happen in only a week? All of my levels are perfect and I checked the amonia at the store and it was 0. Maybe my plants sped up the process, but the tank seems to be doing great with all the fish thriving. I made a new post about my white molly possibly being pregnant? If you get a chance if you want to look at the picture I posted. Thankyou to everyone who replied to my post, I really appreciate all of the help you all gave me! Look forward to asking you more questions!

Be careful. A week seems unlikely. I thought I had a cycled tank, because I was only testing for ammonia and nitrates. Nitrites are worse than nitrates and come after ammonia. If you don't have a liquid nitrite test kit, get one - you'll likely have those next. They will kill your fish, unless you do very frequent water changes to keep them at 0.

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post #13 of 17 Old 05-17-2011, 03:22 AM
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1 week is too soon. i wouldnt plan on saying its safe. although it could happen. did you happen to check your water parameters when you started? if they were 0/0/0 and have not changed in a week then your cycle has not started yet.
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-17-2011, 01:27 PM
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I agree, probably need a liquid test set.

Plants can absorb ammonia as their source for N, but since nitrite appeared, there's obviously a surplus of ammonia.

(If plants use it, they use the ammonia form and the numbers will stay 0/0/0 or very close to it... Of course, that takes a lot more plants than you have.)

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post #15 of 17 Old 05-18-2011, 12:22 AM
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mmm if plants are used the numbers should not be 0/0/0 it should have some nitrates, since plants dont absorb nitrates, the numbers should go up to 0/0/X..
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-18-2011, 12:23 AM
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how ever if no plants are used the number should be 0/X/X. or if nitrate-fying bactera has not grown yet it should be 0/X/0
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-21-2011, 04:48 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Other members are guiding you through the cycling issues, so I can stay out of that.

Glad you joined us.

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