Who Should I Add First? *fishless Cycle Fail*

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BirdMom

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I'm about ready to give up on my fishless cycle my ammonia levels right now are 0.25 PPM how bad would it be to add a fish in there right now?

I'm trying to figure out which of our stocking selections is going to be the hardiest to help us cycle this tank & hopefully survive with little damage done...Basically who's most likely to survive/who's most hardy?

Original plans for the aquarium were a **male betta, mystery snails, African dwarf frogs & Silvertip tetras*** (although as time goes on I am second-guessing the silvertips since they're pretty fast eaters & the other and habitats are slow)

If need be I can lock up the ammonia with Prime if it is too high.

Both nitrite & nitrate are at 0 PPM. We're going on over 2 months of trying to cycle this tank with Tetra safestart & Stability & plants (not doing well either) & we had some pest snails in there 6 of them to be precise but they all disappeared & have been gone now for over a week so I'm guessing they're dead or crawled up out of the tank through the very small gap near the HOB filter. We also have a sponge filter & temp is 78°F pH is 7.2-7.8 range ( usually 7.5)... the products I use on the aquarium are all seachem products Prime, Stability & Flourish root tabs, although I do have a wonder shell in there for the snails when we get them.

At one point I had a reading on my nitrite & nitrate levels but it just crashed & hasn't come back since...I am so dressed over this.

Thank you for your advice.
 

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I could be wrong but I thought safestart was ised for a fish in cycle which could explain your problems
 

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While I wouldn't suggest it, you could add the male betta with water changes and watching your parameters VERY closely. Bettas are pretty hardy though
 

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I wouldnt keep adf with bettas, because it can be hard for them to get food, adf can't see very well at all.
 
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