Originally Posted by Basement Bettas
You need to get a test kit so you can watch the ammonia and nitrites. If they are fine.. then no w/c.. If anything but zero.. water change till it is 0.
Ammonia=1 and a 50 % water change still equals .5. and you are still toxic. You would need to do 90% to get the level close to zero. Same with nitrites. Without a good test kit you are flying blind. PLUS.. it will tell you where you are in the tank cycle.
Would you mind recommending a good test kit?
I have the Mardel water test kit, it comes with strips that you dip into the water. But I didn't realize the strips don't test for ammonia until I opened it. So I can't return it anymore which really sucks.
Anyway, before I put my Betta into the bigger tank I checked the water.
My nitrites, nitrates, and total hardness were at 0. The alkalinity was at 120 which the chart said is in between moderate and ideal. And, the pH was at 6.5
I don't know how much ammonia is in there, but my fish seems okay so far. It's only been a few hours since I put him there though...