I finally got me a API freshwater test kit. (love it by the way)
I was reading on the package about what the test means. Now, before I go into details, I planted my 3 g. (sadly 10 g isn't going to happen till next week) I have it roughly 60%-75% planted. I could add maybe a couple of more plants before saying it is officially 75% planted. So it is heavily planted. I even got one of those moss balls. I also purchased an Oto Cat and a couple of Snails. Since I didn't get substrate I did get some Flourish Tabs for gravel based aquariums. So far everyone looks good.
Now to the test results:
pH is good. I tested both High end and regular pH. The high test says about a 7.4. Where the other one says 7.6. So I assume this is pretty good.
Ammonia - Really hard to tell in the lighting of my house, but it looks like a 0.25 ppm. Should I be concerned? Should I change the water?
Nitrite - 0ppm. This is good. Means something is working.
Nitrate - 5.0 ppm (it is not quite dark enough to say 10 ppm). I read on the package that freshwater aquariums should be 40 ppm or below. I think below maybe safer. But.. what is a good ppm?
Also, the tank has been set up for 24 hours with plants. Everyone seems fine, but maybe you guys could share a little knowledge with me? My biggest concern is over the Ammonia. Now, I do have an internal filter. Just in case you might be curious. And I do have a heater. I actually went out to purchase a better heater and my old Betta heater does a better job than the 50 watt I purchased. The water stayed to cold. It said on the package it was suppose to heat the water to 78 degrees. Sadly, I left it in there for 24 hours and didn't see a climb in temp. Instead it was getting colder.
So, I switched to my other heater. So far it stays around 75-78 degrees most days. With that being said, if anyone knows a good heater I can order off line.. let me know? I need something for a plastic 3 gallon. A tall plastic three gallon.