I'm very new to the pet fish arena!(smile). Our last gold fish in the 1.5 gallon tank we have, died after 6 days despite much water testing and much adjusting. So, told the Betta's were more hardy, we now have one and after 3 days, he's still looking good. I am monitoring the various levels in this small tank, and noticed the nitrite is rising to what the test strip shows as a light pink color, but indicates"stress". The current ph is in the 7.2 range(more red than orange in color). The ammonia level is fine according to a separate test strip. I want to do a partial water change, I guess about 25%, and have the self-suctioning tube. My questions: 1. do I leave the betta in there while I do this? does this stress him out? Does it stress him more to remove him to a holding tank while I do this?
Also, I have an aponogetum(? sp). plant in there that's doing well, and hopefully helping with the cycling. Given it's small size, do you know how long it will take before I start to see a rise in the nitrate to break down the nitrite? Currently it reads as the color whitish,yellow, which is little no none.
Thanks so much. I've enjoyed reading and learning from the previous posts.