My birthday just came and went, however my wife thought it would be cool to get me a 5 gallon desk top tank, which is great, but my only experience is in Salt water tanks. I used to have a 250 gallon Reef tank (About 3 years ago), I have pretty much been out of the fish scene since then. My problem is, my wife knows 0 about fish, and bought me three feeder gold fish, and a mystery snail, stuck them in the tank with untreated water, and had them set up on my desk at work. I have since pulled the fish out, treated the water, and have them back in, but the tank is just now cycling. I have two Anubias barteri potted plants (small) Natural, aquarium gravel, and a genneric plastic decoration. the tank came with a Fluval, Heater, pre set to 78 degrees, Mini Might power filter. I have added an intank Thermometer A small air stone, and pump I took a Liquid test kit, and checked my water 3 days after I did a 50% water change and i came up with PH: 7.5 ppm Ammonia: 0.25ppm Nitrite:0 ppm Nitrate: 0ppm Now I have just taken another reading. 7 days later my readings are PH: 7.6ppm Ammonia: 2.0ppm Nitrite:5.0ppm Nitrate: 10ppm Is this tank cycling correctly? am I on track? I would have preferred to do it with out fish, but I have no where to put them. Any Ideas are appreciated.