Originally Posted by Friendlyfishies
So I keep testing my water params
I have 0 ammonia that appears to be climbing and is maybe half way to 0.25...I need to keep it under 0.25 right? But I am trying to cycle tanks so wouldnt I want a touch of ammonia in the tanks?
I also have 8.0 - 8.2 high range PH
0 Nitrite and nitrate
My boys are relatively healthy asside from No Nen having some fin rot. Normally Pho Phan is very active dancing around in front of his glass and floating around in the top corner of his tank...today hes hanging out on the bottom in the corners. I added IAL's to the tanks yesterday and he was fine before this, so I took some of the IAL's out and he seemed to like that...he came out and about for a bit but now hes back into hiding...I am a bit concerned :/ My water perams dont send me any red flags! Do you think it could have something to do with the leaves or is it maybe a prelude to something more? He has a lot of fin damage but it doesnt seem to be rot...just lots of rips and tears from swimming and activity. There are no other physical signs of anything other than the bottom dwelling. Should I change his water even tho the water tests show no signs of anything serious?
The PH looks high, some recommend 7-8 ph, others 6,8-7,5. PH 7 is neutral which is the most ideal for most tropical fish.
"How? The better test kits come with two bottles, one called PH up and one called PH down. You add drops from the PH down bottle to bring a high PH down (I add 10 drops per 2 1/2 gal of water) or add PH up to bring up a low PH
I do not know however if it is the cause of it's behaviour.
If it is not fin rot, it could be tail bitting
, if the fin damage is like "U" or "V" shaped keep an eye on your betta to see if it gets caught in the act, tail bitting could be because of lack of space, how big is your tank?
Or it could be stress from the ph?
If the fin looks teared
, it could be ornaments in your tank harming the fish, check for sharp objects, run a thin stocking against them, if it tears, it will most likely harm your betta's fins.
Plastic plants aren't as recommended as silk or live ones.
Keep the water clean, warm between 75-80 F, cold water causes lethargy and eventually death. If you have a filter
make sure it's gentle and hardly moves the water, bettas dont like current and some filters can harm their fins
Also I do not know what IAL is. So i dunno what you are putting in your tank. As for cycling there is a guide for that here:
Some medicine are very strong and easy to overdose, I would avoid it's use unless its absolutely necessary, usually for fin rot, clean water and some AQ salt is enough without resorting to chemicals unless its very advanced.