Originally Posted by Fenghuang
Alright, just tell me when you do get a picture.
I have never heard of plants raising ammonia. The new sponge filter, maybe, but unlikely... Test your tap water. Make sure there is not ammonia in the water itself. People have been having issues with this recently. The ammonia level should not have gone up that fast, and you said it did after swapping out 75 percent of the water? Sounds like a water problem... Do you use Prime to condition your water? It neutralizes ammonia temporarily.
Another possibility is that the test readings are wrong. Stress Coat can throw off readings, so if you use that, there may not actually be anything wrong with the water.
I've had Barti since March. He was a Walmart betta and most likely around 3-4 months old when I got him. He should be about 10 months old now.
I posted a thread on this so your drawing thread stayed clean ;)
I'll reply on Shark's matter there.
He was a Walmart betta? o_o wow. I have never gotten any walmart rescues to live very long, though granted I was a lot younger and a lot less knowledgeable about fish (...still am, xD''). I cannot get over his tail fin coloring >w< I love the markiiiinnngggggs!