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boring N cycle question

So i set up a small 3 gallon tank (more like 2.5 with all the eco compleat in there) I am using used sand (but is compleatly dry), a piece of driftwood that has been in a tank for a while now, some plants (bartalius and nana anubias a lot of HC and ozelet sword), and an old filter using an old sponge new carbon and some old filter floss (still white and clean tho barly used it). I also filled it with water from my 30 gallon tank.

So my question is my test kit after just one day is reading as follows

Ammonia. 2-3 ppm(hard to tell with the color cards)
Nitrite .5 ppm
nitrate 5-10 ppm (hard to tell with the color cards)

Is my test kit finally kicking the bucket or is my tank cycling extremely fast because of using all old equipment previously used sand plants wood ect. I tested my 30 g tank water yesterday and got my usual outcome of unreadable on all 3.

Sorry if this sounds cruel but i have a single guppy fry probably 4-5 weeks old about 3/4 inch in there . I have had her in there all day and she seems fine shes swimming eating, sometimes rests on plants for a min. seems normal to me. As far as i know she shouldn't be handling this so well with those levels.

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those arent rediculously high numbers.
i one day had over 15ppm nitrite in my tank. all otos, tetras, and rcs survived.. how? no idea on that one
2-3 ppm on ammonia isn't great but it isnt aweful either

plants help reduce fish stress. that's probably a good answer as to why ur fish is still doing good

also plants have beneficial bacteria already on them. that helps the cycle right along

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hmm ok seems really odd for setting up a tank and in one day having it already in the third stage of the cycle but im not complaining just means i will be able to put the shrimp i want in there sooner.
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Was the old filter media you used from another up and running tank, or just old dried out filter media? Anything brought over from an established tank, other than the water, will help the cycle along considerably.

I would suspect that the driftwood from the other tank as well as the plants helped things along.

But, keep in mind that the water you transferred over probably had nitrates in it and that could be part of the reason for the nitrate reading.
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Oh and why do you even have a guppy in there? Take it out and add some fish food or ammonia to cycle the tank. It's cruel to the fish to have it in water with those parameters.
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