I finally got the water test kit (not the strips) today and tested the 6 gallon at home today. Everything looked good except the Ph level was rather high (above 8). I just changed the water (about 40%?) and the Ph level went down to 8. Could my water be just naturally high in Ph or is there something wrong with my decorations/gravel? I have live plants, two flower pots, an 8 ball (for fun) and gravel I got at Petco. I have heard something about certain gravel doing something to the Ph level but I don't remember exactly what.
I'm still trying to learn to cycle the tanks. It's probably too late to do before I go on vacation because I waited too long. I went to Petco to ask about products I can use to cycle but the guy that works there told me I don't have to do that for bettas. He then told me to use the betta food blocks? if I'm concerned about him not eating. Yikes.