I've tested the water straight out of the tap a couple of times, it has ranged between .25 and .50. Tests of my tank water have been consistently above .50 since Tuesday (~24 hours after the previous night's water change). Last night it was 1.0
. I am changing between 20-50% of the water each night, with the gravel vacuum. I also turkey-baster up any food I see, but my guy has been a spitter lately so it's possible I've missed some.
I realize the only way through this and improve things long-term is to get the damn thing cycled, so I'm just gritting my teeth and dosing with Prime. I'm following the 2-drops/gal with water changes and 1-drop/gal daily rule, and my fish is looking far less lethargic and eating more, so I think that's good.
I am a little worried since I'm going out of town next week and my husband, who is totally hands-off with the fish, will be in charge of him. In the interest of making it very easy on him, do you think I'd be safe with having him do 50% PWC every other day plus the daily dosing of Prime? I know for sure he won't test the parameters. It's a 5g, if that helps.