I know I started off with my tank all wrong, I didn't know about cycling until not too long along. I currently have a betta and a snail. I put quarantined the betta because of fin rot, but still have the snail in the tank. I don't know the water parameters atm, but I am going to buy an API test kit soon.
I've had a tank set up for a while now, doing 50% water changes for a few weeks. But since I don't have the test kit I can't read my ammonia levels. I would like to properly cycle this tank and as quickly as possible. (I know it'll take a few weeks though.)
My question is can I keep my mystery snail in the tank during the process? If I do I wasn't going to add any ammonia, rather just let it build up. But does it make a difference...won't it still harm the snail? I'm confused.
Also I read about adding StressZyme to get ammonia levels up...I've also read about products that are supposed to introduce good bacterial colonies to speed it up such as Nitromax and Microbacter. Are these safe to use with the snail in the tank? My reason for not wanting to remove him is because last time I took him out of the heated tank he wasn't moving much. But if it's better to leave the snail in cooler water rather than sit through the cycle I'll do it. I just need to know what I should do. Thanks.