12 Days Fishless Cycle Showing High

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hi, I have a 12 days fishless cycle tank. I got my API master freshwater test kit after a week setting up the tank. After testing, it constantly showing extreme high ammonia , nitrite and nitrate. I did 2 partial water change (20%) and one major (50%) in hope to bring down all 3 readings but readings still sky high. This morning notice 4 pond snail crawling around the driftwood and I have no idea where they came from.

- Never add any pure ammonia, or fish flake or any other stuff from day one. Pure tap water only. The ammonia just appear from no where, from the soil or driftwood I guess.
- Been using Nutrafin conditional for every water change.
- Been adding Seachem stability daily (abit extra amount than the recommended).

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Tank size 12 Gal Fluval edge

-pH is around 6.5-6.8
-Ammonia 8ppm
-nitrite 5ppm
-nitrate 40-80ppm

Is this a normal phenomenon for cycling a new tank?
Should I leave it just like that or I need regular water change ?
 

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Thanks for reply, I have tested ph and ammonia on my tap water before. Below are my readings.

pH 7
Amonnia 0ppm
 

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Ok, well then something in your tank is leeching some serious ammonia. What is the substrate? Was the driftwood purchased or found?

The high nitrate readings are mostly likely from the Stability.
 
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That is what I suspect too, all purchase from local fish shop.

As for the nitrate it shows up before I drop in the Stability.

This is one weird aquarium I have. Thinking to wait for coming sunday, retest, if same readings I will do a 90percent flush
 
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I have not test the nitrate from the tap, I thought it will be 0 too
 

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oehMY said:
I have not test the nitrate from the tap, I thought it will be 0 too
This is not really helpful but, I’m jealous of your test results...
 
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The readings are no good... It doesn't look like a normal cycle and very confuse right now.. Haha..
 

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I would check the tap for nitrates. Mine is usually elevated.
 

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oehMY said:
The readings are no good... It doesn't look like a normal cycle and very confuse right now.. Haha..
Sounds like you need more beneficial bacteria to get ammonia under control.
Your nitrites will come down
then. You have plants enough but just like Stability - they & it can only do so much.
Try 50% we & see what that does.
What's your water temp. ?
 

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BettaDollar said:
Sounds like you need more beneficial bacteria to get ammonia under control.
Your nitrites will come down
then. You have plants enough but just like Stability - they & it can only do so much.
Try 50% we & see what that does.
What's your water temp. ?
I feel sure you won't get an answer to this question. It seems oehMY hasn't been here since May 14th. I do hope he managed to figure out what was going on and his tank in now cycled. :) Sometimes folks come back and give us an update but more often than not we never find out how it is going. :(
 

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I overlooked that fact. Thanks for pointing it out.
I really hope he didn't put any fish in that tank.
 

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