Honestly i have been using these test strips by tetra (i dont like them at all) i feel like they were very inaccurate it read very good parameters (for dolla my betta that passed yesterday) and i ordered the api master test kit i really hope its more accurate. i do water changes with prime, at night i put a shirt over the tank so the tv light doesn't stress him out. im sorry for saying a lot but i have a problem with water changing and vac when the vac trys to suck the gravel some of the small gravel gets sucked into the syphon it stops the flow so i have to take the syphon out and get the rocks un jammed and restart the syphon got any tips?FishGirl38 said:Keep us posted! . Welcome home cheeto!
Haha i just tested my water with the API MASTER TEST KIT and here are the resultsFishGirl38 said:The strips are def. less accurate than the liquid tester, You'll be happy when it arrives.
For the gravel vac, does it have a gravel catcher on the inside? or is it just a small hole? You can control the flow of your syphon by kinking the bucket end to stop the flow so the gravel has a chance to fall back down (If it's light enough to float to the top real quick. So, I put the hyrdovac straight into the gravel, let the gravel fill up a bit, then I raise my syphon and then kink it, so that the gravel doesn't come to the top with all the gunk. I go back and forth from good flow to stopped flow. The stuff you sucked up with stay in the hydrovac while the gravel falls down passed it.
I have a shake start gravel vac. that has a gravel 'catcher' at the top of the syphon. Its a small grated plastic piece that just gets clogged with plant matter when I use it, I popped the top off my syphon and (hulk) broke it off of the inside...no more clogging problems...xD.
I would agree, your parameters look absolutely optimal IMO. Now, don't feel like you wasted money though, Later on if you notice anything 'off' with the fish in your tank, or if it's cloudy, or if it's green, etc. Use the master test kit (and/or other test kits too) to try and troubleshoot the issue. Sometimes when our fish aren't looking their best, our test kit will tell us exactly why, more than the fish can say anyway. .thefishn00b said:
he has been eating temp is good but i had a problem last night i was going to check on him i turn on the tank light and i see these tiny worms all over the glass they look like detritus worms so i did a water change and it seems to be gone and btw for nitrates how long will it take for them to build up i plan on putting floating plants :edit i still see them are they harmful to the betta?FishGirl38 said:I would agree, your parameters look absolutely optimal IMO. Now, don't feel like you wasted money though, Later on if you notice anything 'off' with the fish in your tank, or if it's cloudy, or if it's green, etc. Use the master test kit (and/or other test kits too) to try and troubleshoot the issue. Sometimes when our fish aren't looking their best, our test kit will tell us exactly why, more than the fish can say anyway. .
How is cheeto doing? noticing anything different? by today, (2-3days later) if it was fin-rot, it would be progressing and getting worse. Is he lookin good?
Im growing duckweed right now if i would put them in the tank would i be able not to do as many water changes to get the nitrates down or would the duckweed take care of that. Oh yeah the tank has a moss balls i will eventually put duckweed inFishGirl38 said:Probably not, is this a well established or heavily planted tank? Usually the little hitchhikers we can see with our eyes in our aquarium aren't harmful to our fish (unless they're on the fish, of course), but you'd have to take a picture and we'd have to identify it to be sure, of which, I'm not an expert on personally. I had a bout with planaria (or another sort of flatworm) in my 90G not too long ago, but that's about the extent of that. I overfeed that tank, so I believe that was where the issue lie.
It depends on the tank's bio-load. If you're only keeping 1 betta, It might not build up very quickly. Do you want the plants for the looks or the usage? Large Floating plants? or small floating plants, like duckweed? Duckweed would survive without 'higher' nitrates. Additionally, you'd want to cut back on water changes if you were waiting for the nitrate to increase. I'd almost recommend buying some kind of plant fertilizer and dosing it once a month. Waiting might be cheaper, but eventually the plants will have the concentrations down again once they've multiplied and depleted the stocking of it. If you're looking at something like duckweed, Its extremely hearty, and doesn't need much in the way of fertilizers (usually).