I recently bought (saved) a beautiful male betta from Wal Mart.. Currently he is in a 1.5 gallon tank with a gravel/air filter thing, a heater suitable for a small tank, gravel and a small plastic plant (that I snipped down so there are no sharp edges).
Anyhow, the water looked great the first couple days. I went to PetSmart and got the water treatment and the heater (since it is freezing here, I worried the heater wasn't keeping the room temp stable or warm enough for him). When I brought all of that home, I did a full water change, rinsed everything etc., and a couple days later the water was cloudy. I did a test and it said:
Ammonia was caution, Nitrates were good, water was hard, Ph was acceptable, and Alkalinity was low.
I am not quite sure what is going on now. I have been doing regular partial changes. LuBu seems very happy, active, and playful (even starting to rub up against my finger if I stick it in the top of the tank!), and he is eating very well.
I am used to dogs and cats, so fish are new for me :p. I am upset his water seems questionable, since he deserves to be in the best environment possible. I do plan to get him a larger tank soon, but until then, I want to make sure this one is in good condition.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!