Hello, this is my first post. GREAT community here, I'm glad to have a resource like this online. Thank you, all!
My husband and I brought home our first Betta, who we call Tesla, about 3 weeks ago. We love him so much and want to do everything right to keep him happy and healthy. At first, he lived in a 2 gallon bowl with a Windelov fern and a desk lamp. Soon enough, we upgraded him to a Fluval Spec 5 gallon tank and a Fluval 150w heater. We added a Marimo Moss Ball and a Anubias plant, rocks, toys and Betta logs to swim and play in, with a leaf hammock for relaxing (which he has yet to use). We have Aqua Salt, TopFin Betta Water Conditioner, and lots of tasty treats but we never over feed him. He eats what we give him, except occasionally he regurgitates the Betta flakes, which I don't like to give him because of that. He mostly eats Dried Bloodworms and tiny Betta Pebbles. He devours his food at the time it is given to him. The tank water is very clear and clean in appearance.
As for the water tests, what do you think about these levels?
pH 7.8 PPM
Ammonia: between 2-4 PPM
Nitrite: 0-0.25 PPM
Nitrate: 0 PPM
Our concern is that the Ammonia levels are pretty high, between 2-4PPM, which we identified using the API Freshwater testing kit. The levels of pH, Nitrate, Nitrite, etc. are pretty well spot-on, and if anything we will need to lower those over time. But the Ammonia levels have us worried! We are very new to having fish, but of course we are well-prepared to do whatever is necessary for our little buddy. Obviously, we need to drop those ammonia levels. We did not at first purchase anything to raise or lower certain levels because we were not sure what would be required until after we have had the tank established.
His new 5-gallon tank was set up and he adjusted to the new home exceedingly well. We finally get to see just how awesome this little dude is. He appears to be very happy, taking to the tank change as if he expected it. He loves to swim around, catching currents from the filtration system and blowing lots and lots
of bubbles. He has beautifully clear eyes, perfect looking fins and scales, and has consistently vibrant colors. He eats healthy meals, and is very active. He's a happy fish!
We plan to keep a cycle with 50% water changes. We haven't added the Aqua Salt just yet; will add it when we cycle 50% of the tank. Also, we are a bit leery the TopFin brand Conditioner. Could it be causing a false Ammonia readings?
Thanks for your concern and for reading my post! :)
If interested, some photos have been added to my album:
Tesla, in his first home, the 2 gallon fish bowl.
Tesla, in his water mansion; a Fluval Spec 5. He is zippin' around, enjoying his new space!
Tesla, hanging out in his water mansion.