This is my first post, however I've been reading your forum for about a week.
We came home today to a most upsetting sight. Little Sonny was no longer swimming around. I thought I was doing everything right and he was so active. Then I came on to see if I could find out what I did wrong. Seems the weekend feeder was a bad idea. They will go in the garbage and never be used again.
So before another upsetting sight, I'm here for some advice.
I have a 5 gal spec tank with a hydor heater. Planted with Anubius, water sprite, penny wort and a small grass that I can't remember the name of right now. We had a beautiful betta and four neon tetras and two black stripe tetras. One of the neon tetras passed as well. Gravel substrate of at least 3".
Now I have been reading lots about cycling. I purchased the master test kit and have been keeping rigorous track of ammonia and nitrate/trite levels. They have barely increased. Today was the first uptick of ammonia. I have done a 30% water change and everything seems good.
What else should I do before I try to include a new betta in my tank? Did I do something wrong (so I don't do it again)? Thanks for all the info you send and is already here.