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Keep doing what you are doing what you have been doing. The goal is to get ammonia and nitrites both to zero and keep them that way. Things are looking good though, now it's just a matter of making them even better and keeping them that way.
 

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How would I make a transition from small tank to a big tank? Would I have to wait until it is cycled.
 

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If you are moving all of the fish then I'd say no you wouldn't need to wait. You'd have to move the filter though. True some of the bacteria is in the substrate, but you're establishing that right now anyway.

If you're moving just the molly I might wait and then use some of the media from the cycled filter to help speed things up.
 

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I havent change tank yet (havent got a tank yet) my ammonia has gone extremely high around 4 - 8 ppm and my betta fish is going white under her belly is that ammonia burns? I have been doing daily changes and had added ammonia lock every two days
Nitrite 0.25
Nitrate 40ppm
Ph; 6.6
What should I do?
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The white or paleness of the fish is just stress related, not burns. Ammonia burns will be redden if not mistaken, you would find them most likely in the gills.

Just keep doing what you have been doing, I know it's a pain in the butt and all but it's worth it in the end.

Are you able to invest in any "insta-cycle" material such as Tetra Safe Start at all? That would at least help increase your bacteria count initially so they can deal with the bioload of the two fish and snails.

Your pH has dropped almost 10 points, is that 6.6 reading true or did you accidentally type that and it is still 7.6?
 

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As far as I know Tetra Safe Start is unavailable to MissBec since she lives in Australia, where the import laws are what they are. I don't know for sure, not living there, but it is what I've been told by people that do.

MissBec-Just keep doing what you are. Your ammonia is not actually that high. The Ammonia Lock you are using is giving you a false reading. I'd guess you have some ammonia, but no clue how much. I'd guarantee though it is not that high, especially if you're not feeding the fish. You may want to look for another product though, but not because of the false reading. Do they sell Prime in Australia? Or a similar dechlorinator that also neutralizes nitrites? The Ammonia Lock is neutralizing your ammonia and making it safe (yay!) but doing nothing to neutralize the nitrites (boo!). Having something that will do both will help your fish be less stressed.

How are the plants doing?
 

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I' don't think Australia sell Tertra safe start, I had this product whicht I only use once but it called sera toxivec I added some tonight hopefully it will help. . I'm not too sure about prime I will check that out, what type of bacteria starter will be good to give my tank head start?

I will post picture later of the betta she starting to get all lot of white on side of her body, the molly seems to be doing really well in the tank.
 

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Oh yes, my apologies! I forget that we're all in different countries half the time!

If you are looking for a bacteria starter, look at the ingredients. Ideally you want Nitrosomonas, Nitrosospira, and Nitrospira. Nitrosomonas and Nitrospira(I believe it's that one?) are the more important ones as they are the bacteria you actually want in your Bacteria Colony! Nitrosomonas are the ones that convert Ammonia into Nitrite and then Nitrospira take over and convert that Nitrite into Nitrate :-D

So what I'm getting at is, not all Bacterial Supplements are created equal! Those three bacteria up there are what is in Tetra SafeStart
 

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I tested my water it was:
Ph: 6.6
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm
Nitrite: 20 - 40ppm

Is it giving me false reading? has my tank cycled or no? do you think my betta is stress, she going white every where now, she use to be solid brown/purpleish
 

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Ah yes, those are just stress stripes, normal for when a fish is...well, stressed :) She should be fine otherwise though
 

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Ah yes, those are just stress stripes, normal for when a fish is...well, stressed :) She should be fine otherwise though
Thanks I went out and brought API stress + zyme. How long does it take a fish to gain back its full colour?
 

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Thanks I went out and brought API stress + zyme. How long does it take a fish to gain back its full colour?
It depends on what is stressing the fish out. if it's just water quality then she will un-stress when the water goes back to being good quality. API Stress Coat is a fine water conditioner but it doesn't "de-stress" fish, it just adds Aloe Vera which is a little debated on whether or not it actually helps. If anything, it helps regrowth of fins not destressing. I know the names are super confusing. Stress Zyme is a bacterial supplement although not very good but you can still use it if you feel the need to ^_^
 

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for the past 2 days the nitrite had spiked I have tested it this morning it was 0ppm, nitrates 10ppm, ammonia is 8ppm ( I have been adding ammonia lock and doing daily water changes) ph: 6.6 had my tank cycled?

I also have feeling my ammonia is off, it's turns into dark blue, when you first add the soultion it turns green but then it turns into dark blue.

 
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