My Water Parameters? Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Kisa, Jul 1, 2019.

  1. Kisa

    KisaNew MemberMember

    5.2 gallon, Imagitarium tank.
    Built in filter, Heater, Bubbler, and 1 nerite snail.
    (Live plants in tank as well)

    To me it looks like;
    Ammonia, between 0.25 - 0.50ppm (closer to 0.25)
    Nitrite, 0ppm
    Nitrate, 5.0ppm (ish?)

    Let to continue to cycle? Or do 25% water change every day? Every other day?
    Im still trying to memorize everything when it comes to cycling..

  2. LeahsTank

    LeahsTankValued MemberMember

    No need to do a water change unless you have fish in the tank or if the nitrates get really high.
  3. OP

    KisaNew MemberMember

    So let it do its thing? No water change?
  4. jennalynnj

    jennalynnjValued MemberMember

    Nerite snails, just like fish, are also sensitive to high nitrates and susceptible to ammonia poisoning. They generally prefer not only a cycled tank, but a well established one at that. I would treat it as a fish-in cycle. Use prime and conduct water changes every 24-48 hours to keep ammonia PLUS nitrite below 1.0 and to keep nitrates down (don't need to yet as your numbers are low) I could be wrong, but there IS a living being in the tank. Also, you probably want to feed him since the tank isn't established with much biofilm.
  5. LeahsTank

    LeahsTankValued MemberMember

    What Jennalynnj said. I didn’t realize you had a snail. Treat as a fish-in cycle.