Betta Nitrates To Low?

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If you only have the single betta and multiple plants in the tank, they could be processing the nitrates out well enough. Nitrates are of no real benefit to fish but are good for plants. The only thing I really see is they you will have to keep the swords trimmed down as they get much larger than a 5 gallon tank.
 
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MrBryan723 said:
If you only have the single betta and multiple plants in the tank, they could be processing the nitrates out well enough. Nitrates are of no real benefit to fish but are good for plants. The only thing I really see is they you will have to keep the swords trimmed down as they get much larger than a 5 gallon tank.
So am I good with the nitrate level being 0ppm ? And yes I'll be transferring then into my 29gal here soon

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Did you also test for ammonia?
Yes I do . I used my last test strip and I know it doesn't test ammonia but I'm buying the API freshwater testing kit on Wednesday

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How long has your tank been set up with the fish in it? Is it cycled? Did you ever have nitrates?
I've had my betta for an year now in the same tank . Just him and one snail . I do %30 water changes every other day to help with fin rot he has but before that its be every couple days . I checked one time and the nitrates were above 0ppm and now it's just at 0ppm . I'm not sure if that's harmful or not
 

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The 2 amazon swords would probably use the ammonia before it ever gets converted to nitrite or nitrate. 0 isn't harmful at all, just unusual in most cases. I think you are fine. Removing the plants might cause a cycle if they are maintaining your water parameters. Does the tank have any kind of filter?
 
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MrBryan723 said:
The 2 amazon swords would probably use the ammonia before it ever gets converted to nitrite or nitrate. 0 isn't harmful at all, just unusual in most cases. I think you are fine. Removing the plants might cause a cycle if they are maintaining your water parameters. Does the tank have any kind of filter?
Yes I have the filter that came with the tank . Pretty good size. Reaches top to bottom but I recently took out the activated carbon for the almond leaves. I had the leaves in there for an year now so I feel like it might affect the cycle when I move them like you said. Anyway to prevent/help that ?
 

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Blueberrybetta said:
I've had my betta for an year now in the same tank . Just him and one snail . I do %30 water changes every other day to help with fin rot he has but before that its be every couple days . I checked one time and the nitrates were above 0ppm and now it's just at 0ppm . I'm not sure if that's harmful or not
No that's good. So then I agree 0 is normal because of the plants. I have the Betta in my icon in a 20L with a lot of plants and barely ever get close to 3- 5 (I do keep it clean with no rotted plant material etc)...and it's only a few months old (but I started it with cycled media). Ditto the Betta I have in a planted 10G.
 

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Blueberrybetta said:
Yes I have the filter that came with the tank . Pretty good size. Reaches top to bottom but I recently took out the activated carbon for the almond leaves. I had the leaves in there for an year now so I feel like it might affect the cycle when I move them like you said. Anyway to prevent/help that ?
When you took out the carbon you left the rest of the filter media right?
 

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Yes the filter stays on and it's been on
No like the filter sponge part. You didn't replace it with a new one? I just want to make sure you didn't restart your cycle by throwing it out.
 
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Fish0n said:
No like the filter sponge part. You didn't replace it with a new one? I just want to make sure you didn't restart your cycle by throwing it out.
Oh no I didnt , I left that in and just took the carbon out
 

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