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Originally Posted by lochaber View Post
I don't know about mystery snails, but I've had pond, ramshorns, MTS, and mini-ramshorns develop pretty big populations during the cycling process.

I think snails (at least those...) are pretty tolerant of crappy water conditions.

And, what are you using to cycle your tank, I didn't see that mentioned anywhere.

I think it's very unlikely to establish a sufficient bacterial colony in that amount of time, usually it takes at least a couple days to get the ammonia processing ones established, and then quite a bit longer to get the slower-growing nitrite processing ones established.

The only other things I can think of is if you used some media that was already established, used some sort of bacteria-in-a-bottle that worked exceptionally well, or you have some plants sucking up the ammonia (but then you wouldn't see nitrates...)

+ on snail durability, have pond snails that could survive a nuclear attack... wall lethal ammonia and extremely lethal nitrate levels. I agree with the others, its not cycled, you haven't given enough food for the bacteria to grow yet. I'd check you tap and even consider having a second test it to test nitrates (or take to a lfs that tests for free) my tap comes out at 10-20 nitrates (can't tell on api test card). I've also had 3 bottles of nitrates and one gave much higher readings (for same water at same time) as the others aka faulty test solution.

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