Originally Posted by Juicebox
my ammonia is showing .25ppm
my nitrate is showing 0
my nitrite is showing 0
my ph is showing 7.6
i also tested my tap water straight from the tap and the ph is around 7
is stuff in my tank making my ph too high?
i also have 4 rocks i took out of a lake and 2 pieces of wood i took from the lake. i think maybe the rocks are raising the ph?
why do i have so much mamonia today after i just did a 40 percent change yesterday? and why do i have no nitrates?
Ok, let's deal with ph, then ammonia.
Your PH may be high because of the ammonia. Don't let it worry you too much, 7.6 is well within the zone your betta can handle. If it goes OVER 8 or UNDER 6.5 start getting concerned. Otherwise, just say "oh, ok," and don't worry too much about PH.
(An example of someone who should worry about it is me, my tap water is over 8.2 out of the faucet, and it killed several tetras before I realized it was a problem.) The only thing I will tell you is that if the difference between the tap water and the tank water ph is .4 or more, when you do a water change, add the new water a little slowly, maybe add it in parts over half an hour, so as not to shock fishy with a sudden change.
Now, the ammonia: that's high, enough to be a concern.
So, I suggest you start by doing a 50% water change now, even though you just did a water change. It may be that it was VERY high before your recent water change, and still needs to be lowered. The good news is, water changes will help make that problem go away right away.
Having nitrates in your tank is a result of good bacteria which break down ammonia and turn it into nitrates. The fact that your ammonia is high and your nitrates are zero indicates that you don't have these bacteria. The good news is, you can buy them. Go buy a bottle of API Quick Start and use it on your tank after your water change - this is basically a bottle of bacteria to get your tank going. It works pretty well... after you've used it, just monitor the ammonia and if it goes up, do another 30% water change (not more) and add a dose of Quick Start again. It's not unusual to need to use a little more Quick Start a couple times to get things going right. If you want to be extra good, also buy a bottle of Stress Zyme+ and add some of that with your water changes, after the first two weeks to a month. It's additional bacteria which help break down the poop to improve water conditions and reduce cleaning urgency.
Also, do not clean the gravel in your tank (the betta poop is part of what the bacteria eat to get things going correctly) for at least a month, or change the filter. After a month, start alternating the gravel cleaning with the filter change on an every two weeks basis... so, clean the gravel, wait two weeks, change the filter, wait too weeks, etc. This is because the good bacteria lives in the poop in the gravel and in the filter, so you don't want to replace both at once. (This also makes your job easier.) And, if you have live plants, you might be able to get away with not cleaning the gravel at all, as long as your ammonia and nitrates are testing good.
This all sounds complicated but it's really very easy once you get going, I know you're going to do fine. Have fun with your betta!