I have a minibow 5 with a single beta in it. With a filter and heater. All brand new stuff. I have been testing daily with an API test kit.
Day zero. Water has been in for 2 days with conditioner and temp stabilised at 78 degrees. Added fish. All tests measured zero.
Day one, Amonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0
Day two, Amonia 0 - .25, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0
Day three, Amonia 0 - .25, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0
Day four, Amonia .25, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0
Day five, Amonia just a touch above zero, Nitrite 0 - .25, Nitrate just a shade above zero.
No water changes. I was expecting the amonia to be above .25 today and had been planning to do a water change. I rinsed the vials and did a second test to make sure and got the same results.
Everyone talks about how it takes weeks or even months. Could i have just gotten lucky to see anything so soon?
I am hesitant to go ahead with a water change just because if there is some bacteria action starting, i dont want to disturb anything. Fishy is happy, active and eating. His colors are commming back. (the trip home must have been rough for him).