My new, un-cycled aquarium is 20 gallons, it's heated, it's filtered. I filled it with *well water* and has been up and running for about 10 days.
The PH & temp are good, there's no ammonia. I did buy a betta yesterday and put him in there. So far he's swimming around and acting like he's loving life.
Besides him, i also added an amazon sword plant.
Since my tank is so big, and there's only one fish and a plant.....do i still do a WC weekly whether the ammonia test shows a positive or not?
most of the posts i've read are concerning small tanks so i'm just wanting other peoples experience. -change water weekly no matter what, or do ammonia tests daily and at the first hint of ammonia do a WC-even if it takes say....2 weeks or more to show any ammonia.
i want to avoid doing unnecessary WC's, but i think i read somewhere on here that you should do a WC weekly no matter what. Is that true with well-water too?
i don't treat the water either. there's no chlorine, no ammonia, the ph is within normal range for bettas right out of the tap so i'm lucky there.
what's the best way to get the temp of the new water where it needs to be before adding it to the tank. when i first filled the tank the first couple days there were little bubbles on the surfaces of the tank. they went away in a day or so
so i want to let the water sit in containers for a couple days so those bubbles can go away before adding to tank. but *how do i warm up the water? they'll be room temp already, but if i have to refill the tank 50% with room temp water, that's going to cause his toasty 80 degree water to drop too much wont it?