Once a week, I want to make sure that I keep the water clean so fin rot does occur nor parasites grow, but I also don't want to lose any good bacteria BB, that's why I only change the water once a week. I just changed the water today and all my aquarium friends are really happy and the water is crystal clear.
I know it's been mentioned before from reading the previous posts in the discussions (I also know you seem to have a hard time getting to nearby stores?), but have you considered purchasing the API freshwater liquid testing kit?
Since you're in the middle of trying to cycle your tank, I think it would be very beneficial for both you and us if you were able to test your water and post your parameters on here.
I know you have mentioned the strips but those tend to be inaccurate, and I wouldn't want you to mess up your cycle with inaccurate results.
It's a little under $20 on Amazon and it's really a life saver.
Most parasites and other common fish ailments are opportunistic. If your fish are strong and their immune systems are not compromised, they usually will not fall sick or if they do, they will fight it off. Really, the best things you can do for your fish to keep them healthy and disease free are obvious--clean water, quality food, proper temperature range, low stress environment, things along that line... Some people do put dried/crushed indian almond leaves or oak leaves in their tanks because they have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, but when it comes down to it, there isn't any magical thing that will prevent your fish from getting sick if you ignore the most fundamental, basic things listed above. It's all proper care.
I'm glad to hear that you are trying to do the right things, Trunkzdbz. I wish you the best of luck. Keep us updated.
I saw that exact kit when I bought my API test strips. I bought the strips because I assumed they were as accurate as the master test kit. I checked my water today with a test strip because I changed the water today in my aquarium, I'm happy to say that ammonia and nitrates are at 0, my PH is at 6.0 and between 7.5. My water temp is 80% and my banana plants are getting really long and fat, my Bettas love to hide under them I have a banana plant forest of 8 banana plants for them to play and hide in.
It shows you on the strips tube where the strips are located in Ph 6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, 9.5, 10.0. Its color coated so you know where you stand, I really like them and there easy to read. I read for my Bettas and fresh water fish in general 6.0 to 7.5 Ph is were it has to be and water temps of 62% to 82% tops my aquarium is always 70% and up right now its on 80%. My fishys look so happy swimming around and my Gold Mystery snails are climbing the walls of the tank they look so cool climbing I love them.