The bacteria doesn't live in the water so water changes will not be removing it. Your Betta is constantly adding ammonia to the tank so water changes will not be removing all of it. The health of your Betta is more important than getting the tank cycled so water changes should be done before there is enough ammonia in there to even get a reading. If you do get a reading it is time to do a water change.There is currently one betta in the tank. WIll doing a water change start over the cycle? I’m also worried that the bacteria in stability will start to die off because there is no ammonia for it to feed on.
I am sorry but I really have to disagree with this. A cycled tank should not register any ammonia.Remember small amounts of ammonia is GOOD as its a sign of a cycled tank to much is a sign of the tank cyclying to high a stocking level or over feedin and no ammonia is a sign that there has been no cycle. Anything over .30ppm-.40ppm is something to be worried about but if its under .25ppm-.20ppm depending on tank size and fish speices is usually ok
Since you have Prime you can hold off on the water change and let the Stability do its job. As long as the ammonia is less than one Prime will protect your fish for 24 hours. If the ammonia goes up to one or above do a water change to get it back below one and again add Prime to neutralize what is left.I also added seachem prime to detoxify the ammonia. If the reading is there tomorrow, I’ll do a water change.
A follow up and clarification.. I missed the fact that you are using Stability to help this cycle along. I have never used it nor ever read the instructions for using it. I have read that it can be used in conjunction with Prime. Prime will protect your little guy from the damaging affects of ammonia as long as the level is kept low. Even if the ammonia never goes above one you should do your water changes at the very least every 3rd or 4th day.Since you have Prime you can hold off on the water change and let the Stability do its job. As long as the ammonia is less than one Prime will protect your fish for 24 hours. If the ammonia goes up to one or above do a water change to get it back below one and again add Prime to neutralize what is left.
It is a good idea if it has been more than a couple of days since your last water change.I did a water test today and the ammonia is actually at .25. Yesterday it was about half as bad, but today the color really matches the .25 on the chart. I was thinking about doing a 40 percent water change and adding another dose of stability. Does this sound like a normal thing to do?
It sounds like your cycle is just starting. As long as you keep the ammonia down as close to zero as you can the tank will eventually cycle. Stability is bacteria in a bottle but it will still take some time to complete the cycle. Water changes to keep the ammonia down and Prime to neutralize the low amounts of ammonia left after the water changes will protect you water pet.My nitrites are at 0 and I haven’t tested my nitrates, but I image they are also at 0 because the tank isn’t that old and there are no nitrites. This is the first sign of ammonia I have ever seen in the tank.