I have a 40g aquarium, added water about a month and a half ago, decided to start cycling once I got plants in there. Got the plants about 3 weeks ago and put them in immediately. However i got 2 hitchhiker ramshorn snails so i was hesitant to pour the ammonia solution in there because i didn't want to kill them because im nice. Decided not to do the ammonia and just see how things go because they already had begun creating waste, and lots of it, so I let them do their own thing and see if it would cycle itself perhaps. I feed them boiled vegetables about once to twice a week, they also enjoy grazing on some of my decaying plants. Ive been too busy to officially test the water for the past 2 weeks (bad idea) however last night I found the time to test it for the first time. I havnt done any water changes btw. My PH was 7.6, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0 (API freshwater master test kit.). So now, since I wasn't testing the water until now, I have no idea if I ever had an ammonia spike lol, but basically what im asking for is, what do my test results mean exactly? I plan to keep an eye on it and keep testing every other day now to see if anything changes. I 99% doubt that it is cycled. When should nitrates start showing up? the ramshorns are doing great btw, quite good looking. Thanks, and sorry for the long question Oh also, I noticed I wrote "decaying" to describe my plants lol. To clarify they are NOT decaying and are looking great, growing very fast too, sprouting new leafs, roots, shoots etc. The snails just prefer to eat the older leafs.