Ive been trying (emphasis on trying..) to cycle my 5-5.5 (lol!) gallon Marineland Hex tank with a bio wheel filter and marble substrate since around mind january.
I keep my ammonia lowish, .25-.5 but rarely that high, and never any higher becuase Alle lives in there, and now so does his bestest buddy (and occasional punching bag..) Olive the snail!
I bought anarchis and a java fern to add to my two small annubias plants to make the tank purrrddyyy, and now there's tons of plant life in there! Anarchis out the waaazzzoooo @_@
My question, even if I leave the tank for 3 days, when the ammonia would normally be .25+, it always shows 0! Always! @___@U I use API liqiud tests, but its always 0 D; Are the plants nomming all the ammonia , and does that mean my tank wont cycle since there isnt ammonia for the bacteria?
Or does that mean that theyre aiding in the cycling? If so, how?! @_@ Ive tried researching into it, but its often fruitless and confusing.
(Tank is at 80-82', marbles, one male betta, one snail, 2 annubias, a ton of anarchis and eventually a java fern, with a bio wheel filter and flouresant lights, at 5 gallons.) :D