Added root tabs, ammonia & nitrites shot up. Nitrite going down but ammonia up

CoconutTheBetta

Tank
What is the water volume of the tank? 5.5 gallons
How long has the tank been running? A little over a year
Does it have a filter? yes
Does it have a heater? no
What is the water temperature? my heater is currently being tested and it comes with a thermometer so atm idk
What is the entire stocking of this tank? one betta (Please list all fish and inverts.)

Maintenance
How often do you change the water? once a week
How much of the water do you change?50%
What do you use to treat your water? Api stress coat i dont have prime
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Yes

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? yes
What do you use to test the water? api fresh watertest kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
Ammonia: 2 ppm
Nitrite: .25
Nitrate: havent tested since this morning but that was the only parameter that remained normal
pH: 7.8

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish? once a day
How much do you feed your fish? 4-6 pellets
What brand of food do you feed your fish? top fin
Do you feed frozen? yes
Do you feed freeze-dried foods? no

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? a year
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms? 3 weeks ago
In a few words, can you explain the; erratic swimming and scared of reflection
Have you started any treatment for the illness? no
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase? no
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all? no

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now)

i added root tabs
they excessively leaked ammonia and nitrite
ive been doing millions of water changes
it’s not going down
i have a betta in there
i took out the root tabs
i dont own seachem prime only api stress coat
there is ammonia in my tap; 0.25 ppm
however every other time i did a water change in the past, ammonia remained at zero
everytime i test my water i do it straight after the water change
my betta is erratic swimming every once in a while

plz help
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