I'm using the standard freshwater API kit for my testing. As for conditioner, I've just switched to from NutraFin Beta+ to EasyLife "Fluid Filter Medium" Ultimate Water Conditioner. The LFS highly recommended it. I'm also mixing in epsom salts to the pre-mixed water.
My source water is NYC tap.. no filters or water softeners in line at all.
The nubias look quite healthy.. nothing rotting there.
I'm scratching my head about the ammonia output.. I did a 100% change and in a day it was .5ppm for ammonia. Again, tap water has 0ppm ammonia... and post treated water still 0ppm.
thanks for confirming my thoughts on hand feeding. I really like the idea of feeding him by hand to get him used to human interaction. As for food.. I was referring to the LIVE bloodworms I had.. I will try the frozen ones tomorrow if Petland has them.. and the IAL are already ordered.
update on Buster: his fin rot is clearing up.. but still weirdly lethargic (five minutes just sitting there no movement) He has been in a bowl within a heated tank (81 degrees) for the past two days with no adverse affects..
will his full color ever come back?
thanks everyone.. have a great weekend!