Ok, I have a confession to make ... I've had Murray, my male veil tail, for five months or so now, and in that time, I have never done a water test. The reason? Simply put, up until recently, I didn't know I needed to. As I've mentioned in previous posts ... I'm a fish and Betta neophyte, and I'm doing my best to learn all I can. When I first got Murray, an unexpected gift from a co-worker, I had to learn quickly, and I relied upon a former colleague, our office receptionist who had previously worked in a pet store and worked in the aquatics department, to tell me what I needed to do. I was told that I didn't need a heater (actually she was right on this, as our climate controlled building helps to keep the tank at about 78 without it), didn't need a filter, and didn't need anything in the way of water care besides treating/conditioning the water with something like Betta safe and doing weekly water changes. After reading all the posts here devoted to water testing, water parameters, and such, I quickly realized that I had made a big mistake in trusting this advice, but was frankly too embarrassed to admit to it. In any case, I've made a couple trips to the store for various things and keep forgetting to purchase a test kit, which I finally did today. I haven't tested the baby's water yet, but I did test Murray's, and here are my results:
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
pH: Based on my test kit chart (API Freshwater Master test kit) it looks to be between 7.2 and 7.6
High Range pH: 7.4
So ... how do these look? I know ammonia is supposed to be 0 ppm but I'm not really sure what the rest of these are supposed to read. Feedback appreciated. Thank you!