Hello everybory, it is great to have found this web side. i recently started this new 5 gal fish tank, because i want to offer to my betta fish a better tank. i will try to explain what i did, so Somebody can give me an advise.
1- i set up my 5g tank
2- i add live plants and a cheap hardy fish
3- i have my test kit, everyting seems to be runing well
4- i add Coloni (bacteria), also water condicioner
In the first two weeks, every level spike, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. I ask to my local pet shop expert about it, and he told me the fish i had was producing too much wasted for a 5g tank, so i donated it to a friend.
So i started over,
- i did 90% water change
-i add sustrate (dirt from regular potting soil) gravel, my plants.
-I dint rinse the grave, so i kept the few bacteria.
i let it run for a week, the water turned into a green/yellow color. Algae?? Bacteria?? i dont know.
I tested it this today, and i found the same results. Every single aspect spiked.
This time, i did 30% water change. Add more coloni (bacteria) and water condicioner. i tested again and same spike levels.
What i am doing wrong???? thank you all.