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so I’ve been checking my 2.5 gallon tank everyday just to make sure results are good for my Betta in there at the moment... will be moving him to 10 gallon soon!

I tested today and got odd results
pH: 7.4 (ok)
Am: 0 (good)
Ni: 0 (good)
Na: between 0-5ppm

Why is my nitrates so low?

Found it a bit strange... is this a good or bad thing? Good right, but then why do people say 5-20 is good? Does that mean mine is bad?

I’ve tested before and it’s always been around 5-10 so why different now?
 

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qchris87 said:
Have you done a water change recently? Any live plants?

Anything below 20 ppm is great. You have no signs of ammonia or nitrites so it isn't bad.
Hi I did a water change on the 15th (2 days ago). Usually do one every third day. I actually get my water from a pet store because my water is t as good in terms of pH. I have one Marino moss ball and one Anubias that my Betta loves... haven’t bought many others because this is just a temp tank! Now that tank is cycled I’ll be doing one once a week I guess?

Yes very happy to have no ammonia and nitrites as I was very worried these last two weeks during the nitrogen cycle as I though I was going to kill my first fish! Definitely think it’s over now as it’s been a couple days saying 0 for am and ni

Really appreciate the help!!
 

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A lone Betta has a pretty small bio-load. You will likely find that when you move him to the 10, it will barely read on the test.
My Betta is in a 5 gallon with a few live plants, and when I use the API liquid test, it registers too low to show a proper Nitrate reading. The Seachem Nitrite/Nitrate test is much more accurate (and much easier to do, no crazy bottle shaking!) and reads as low as 2 ppm. (which is around where my Nitrates register).
If you've recently done a water change, you've taken out a lot of your Nitrates as well.
Lucky guy, moving up to a 10 gallon spa villa!
 
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Great thank you! Haha the end made me laugh!! Want to spoil him haha
 
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