My Hex5 cycled, yay!

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Jendayi

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Cujo's 5 gallon tank cycled, woohoo! I think I have had that tank set up for just about 4 weeks now. Cujo came out into his hospital tank two weeks ago, and since then I have been feeding the tank flake food twice a day to keep the ammonia up. About 10 days ago I got some filter sludge from my LFS and dumped it in. A few days after that my water went crystal clear, clear as new water. Then yesterday I checked and my ammonia and nitrites were zero. I took some water into the LFS today for a second opinion, and came home with a mystery snail to celebrate!

Cujo still has a few days of his current fin rot treatment, and then he can go back into his big boy tank.

So questions, of course!  Do I need to do any water changes in the cycled tank? The LFS told me the nitrates were at 10, tho it reads a little higher than that on my test kit.

There is a lot of flake food in the bottom of the tank for the snail to munch on for now. Do I need to keep adding flakes until Cujo goes back in? Will I need to add some kind of food for the snail once Cujo goes back in, since there is never any left over betta pellets?

Thanks again for all your advice...
 

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If the snail is in there, don't add anymore food-- his poop will be enough. So happy for a cycled tank! Do water changes when the tank looks dirty and when the Nitrates get above 20. Now pour a margarita and party-- it's Cinco De Mayo!
 

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congrats on cycling cujo's tank! don't let him know tho - or he might start to get impatient to be in it.
 
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Ok, I read that mystery snails can eat algae wafers like bottom feeder fish. So since I don't have any live plants in my tank yet I think this is probably what I should do to feed him. I can't see any algae in my tank for him to eat, tho I'm sure there must be some there.

Here is my victory snail:

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I think Herman might be a good name for him lol
 

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He has been thusly named: Herman The Victory Snail!
 
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