Sad news is my betta died a few days ago. I suspect the cause of this to be from an injury he got from getting stuck in one of the decorations. (a decoration mind you he's had for over a year and never had a problem with before, although i recently had to get rid of one decoration that started peeling everywhere, that one was shelved as soon as I saw the problem with it)
So i was cleaning out his tank today to get ready for a new friend. I suspected that the nitrates might be a tad high since i had not tested them in a while (i have been stuck in bed with the flu for the last two weeks). So before i did anything I tested the water. To my surprise everything came out 0ppm. (Edit: the tank itself had been cycled for close to a year now)
I'm..not sure how the water tested like this or if it was accurate. I hadn't done a water change since i had gotten sick so I was expecting things a little higher. Not to mention the nitrate bottle #1 in my test kit seemed to be leaking a bit maybe that had something to do with it? Previously i had had a bit of trouble with the nitrates being a bit high so I had cut back on feeding a lot for my Betta.
Also my tank has had a bit of an algae problem recently too. I had bought some of those tank nibbler algae disks for a bit of a treat and i regret the day i did because I suspect that is were the algae came from seeing as the tank was free of anything like it before hand. Ive taken and scrubbed decorations and glass and it grows back just as fast as I can scrub. It's spotty and green on the glass but sort of is a dark green covering on everything else, it's especially thick growing around the spout of the filter (although as far as i can tell none is actually growing inside the filter anywhere). The water itself though is crystal clear.
I'm curious as maybe the algae has something to do with the water readings so low? Also I'm looking for any help to control the algae problem. Was pondering maybe trying to plant the tank some.
On an extra note I have several ghost shrimp in the same tank that are doing just fine. I just want to try and fix things before I get my new friend.