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Is my cycle process finished

Hi to everyone,
I am totally new here and I am totally new in aquariums. I bought a new aquarium 19 days. Before to understand that the aquarium should be cycled I put into 1 betta, 1 albino cory and 1 zebra snail. They where inside almost a week and then I decided to remove them in a bowl and wait to cycle process finished. I bought a 5 in 1 water test and today results are: NO3=25, NO2=0, GH>6, KH=0, PH=6.4.
Is the cycle process finished?
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You'll need to have at least one fish in the tank to cycle it as the process requires regular inputs of ammonia. The typical tank is cycled about a month after adding fish.

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1 betta, 1 albino cory and 1 zebra snail ware in the aquarium for 1 week. I was feeding them, so probably it was enough for ammonia. It was the first week, after what I removed them in a bowl.
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You can add small amounts of fish food regularly to rot and make ammonia, there doesn't have to actually be a fish.

0 KH isn't ideal either if that is accurate...
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Do you think that cycle process didn't even started?
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It probably started, but the bacteria needs a food source. If I just get an empty aquarium and add a bit of ammonia it will get broken down, but then if I leave it there for a long time with no more ammonia that ammonia eating bacteria will die back... with fish/snails (and feeding) theres a constant source of ammonia. You need a way to measure ammonia maybe, but I think people test that it gets converted into no3 in 24 hours or something to consider it cycled. It kind of takes a random amount of time, it could possibly even be cycled already. I will not recommend what I do because it's for crazy people with already cycled aquariums...
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Ok, I backed the snail inside and 3 chips fish food. But I really don't have idea where I am in the cycle process. Totally lost.
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New to aquariums, here is where i would suggest you start.

1) buy the master freshwater testing kit from amazon or local. This will allow you to test for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate. these are your indicators to knowing where you are at in the cycle.
2) Go buy Tetra Safe Start. https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcos...etra-safestart
3) put the fish in, put the safe start in.
4) the safe start will ensure the fish will be ok during the cycle process, this is what it was designed for.
5) you dont need to add any other source of ammonia, the fish provide this. The safe start has all the bacteria needed to start your cycle, using the ammonia from the fish to keep it up.
6) DONT buy any more fish, until your cycle is complete.
7) If you have never used the testing, you will get used to it. You will test for your Ammonia first. Once you add the safe start, dont change the water until the cycle is complete, or unless your Ammonia gets really high. Manufacturer suggests only change the water if your ammonia is higher than 4.0 ppm which is crazy high.
8) Once your ammonia reads 0, test for nitrite each day until it reads 0. Once both read 0, you can do your water change, say 50%.
9) you now would have a cycled tank. you can test for the first few weeks to make sure your ammonia stays at 0. If it does and you are getting more fish, you can add small amounts of fish, then test to make sure your ammonia stays as 0.

Putting the fish in a bowl is no better than an uncycled tank. In fact its the same.
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My idea was to not change the water in the aquarium and interrupt and slow down the cycle process. That's why I removed the fishes in the bowl. I am changing the water in the bowl on 2-3 days without slowing down the cycle process in the aquarium.
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Use liquid ammonia. You can get in an exact amount of ammonia in the tank for the cycle. No guessing. And you don't cruelly torture and permanently damage your fish. If you don't have a test kit you'll never know if the cycle started or if it's finished. Test strips suck but better than nothing. But if you aren't sure it started...you can't be sure it's done. 19 days is a pretty short amount of time for a cycle...usually unless you use seeded media you're looking at 6-8 weeks.


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I am sure that the process started because the were 2 fishes + 1 snail, and fish food more than a week. I removed the fishes but I didn't change the water (only once 30%).
Today test results are NO3=25, NO2=0, GH=6, KH=3, PH=6.8

I ordered plants seed and I am waiting to arrive. So there will be plants soon... I guess <a href="https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/images/smilie/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" >:-)</a>

Can I have NO3 if there wasn't ammonia and NO2 before?? The Nitrogen cycle starts with the oxidation of ammonia tonitrite by nitrifying bacteria bacteria in the genus nitrosomonas. Nitrite is then quickly converted into nitrate.

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