New to fish keeping so I decided to start with a betta since my local pet store said they are the easy-er
fish to care for (the lady that helped me emphasized that they are NOT the low-maintenance fish every one thinks they are!). I unfortunately failed twice which crushed me! I am currently on my third and have come prepared!... I think..... I bought the API liquid testing kit and everything seemed, to my understanding, to be good except I noticed my RATE is elevated.... I've read that there are some varying opinions that 40ppm is totally normal and nothing to be concerned about... others say otherwise. I chose NOT to cycle my tank because I did not really see the benefit since my water changing schedule wouldn't decrease.
I guess my question is.... should I really be concerned about the Nitrate at 40ppm?? If so, how can I reduce the Nitrate level??
I don't want to lose a third so I'm trying my damnedest to do right by Lord Tyrion!
I have found this site to be a HUGE resource of help and really appreciate being apart of the betta community! Thanks for you time!
What size is your tank? 2.5gal, approx. 2gal w/ décor
What temperature is your tank? 83*F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes, Hydor Theo 25watt
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Betta Zoo Med Lab, Aqueon Betta Food, Top Fin Betta Bits - all pellets and freeze-dried blood worms, Mysis, and daphnia as treats
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2-4 pellets of any combo once-twice daily and one treat daily with a fasting on Sunday.
How often do you perform a water change? Weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1-~85-95%, 1-50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem Prime - 3-6 drops/gal.... probably overkill....
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
*can I determine this with the API liquid test kit??
and for funsies, here's my little lion!