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  1. #1

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    2013-08-25_14-59-05_115.jpg Just a few days ago I obtained a 55 gallon aquarium. I kept the old gravel, plants, and decor in the tank. Plus there are tons of snails that I didn't notice until I filled the tank. Yesterday I finally purified the water and added some different gravel and river stone atop the old gravel. I also got a new filter (Tetra Whisper EX70). The old one (Tetra Whisper 10i) is in the tank as well but it only has foam in it, no bio-bag. When I did all of this I thought that I started my nitrogen cycle, however I forgot to get ammonia to add. So, today before I went out and purchased some ammonia I tested the water for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. The ammonia level was .25, nitrite was 0 and nitrate was 5. The tank is heated to 80-81 degrees (200 watt heater) and the water is clear. My question is has my cycle already started ,do I need to get ammonia since there is already some in the tank (which I assume came from the snails). And, how is my cycle doing so far. I've had the tank for like 4 days now. When I got the tank I filled it, but then emptied it out and refilled it so that I could add more gravel. I'm thinking that because I used so much old decor and gravel that my cycle is already almost complete,even with no added ammonia, am I right?

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    A small bit of bacteria will be on the decor and other hard surfaces in the tank, but mostly it grows in the filter media. Using the old decor and gravel will not help much. Have you tested your tap water for ammonia? I think you should read this, it will help you understand the cycling process, and go buy a small bottle of ammonia.
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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