Originally Posted by iamntbatman
That is not incorrect; the strip tests are known to be inaccurate. They're also a heck of a lot more expensive than a liquid test kit. For example, on the Aquariumguys website, the 5-in-1 strips are $26.99 for a 100 count box, while the API Freshwater Master Test Kit (that uses the more accurate liquids) is only $17.74 and will offer just as many tests on average. Plus, you have to buy those ammonia strips separately, further adding to the cost.
Have you tested your tapwater? Your ammonia is on the high end of what's usually recommended, and the ammonia is above zero so that's no good. I would do another water change of 50% or so.
I am going to return the strip test kit to Petco Friday and get the other type, hopefully they will have the one you and others mentioned. I am using Spring bottled water for the aquarium. I did a 25% water change today with the conditioners in the water. My Betta seems happy, eating and moving around a lot. I am just concerned about his tail and fins but it is very hard to tell if they are growing back in since I brought him home from the pet store of if they are rotting. There are no black edges to the fins or tears so maybe it is not rot.
My new marineland mini submersible 10w heater is only maintaining the water temp at 74' instead of the 78' that it is suppose to be set at (there is no way to change the setting). Sometimes the temp is between 74' and 78' during the day. Is 74' too cold for the Betta?
thanks all for your help,