I have an ammonia test and a ph test, but no nitrate/nitrite test. I plan to get one as soon as I can.
My 5 gallon tank's ammonia is at about .5-1 ppm
. I think the ph was about 7.2.
I would be doing a fish less cycle for that 5 gallon tank, but the story of the tank is kind of a fiasco...first, my father found a crayfish on the road, so he put it in water and brought it to me because he thought I might want it for my 10 gallon. I didn't want it in the 10, because I have baby platys in there and the crayfish could possibly catch them. Then, after reading online, I found I shouldn't release the crayfish back into the wild, because 1) the place I release him might not be exactly where my father found him and he could be a danger to the new ecosystem, and 2) he may have caught a disease in the water my dad put him in and the disease would be introduced into the new ecosystem.
I felt so bad for the crayfish (and I felt like I had to keep him for the reasons listed above) so I bought the 5 gallon set up with a submersible filter and some feeder fish for him to eat. I knew the tank should have been cycled, and the lady at the store gave me way to many fish for the 5 gallon (probably 8 fish), so from the beginning I was set up for failure. It went pretty good for the first 3 weeks, and the crayfish caught 4 of the fish by hunting them. Sadly though, one day the crayfish died after about 3 weeks. I felt terrible, and I immediately tested the water and the ammonia was at 1-2 ppm
. I have since told my dad, if he finds anymore crayfish, please just let them be.
So, that's the really long story of my 5 gallon, and I would love to get another crayfish on my own terms (not from my dad picking one up) when the water is a better quality.
And please don't apologize for giving me info, I take all the advice I can get! I will do everything I can for my fish to be happy and healthy!