Heeey. So I've had Crake in a 5.5G tanks for about two weeks.
I have a filter, but when I first started running it a week or so ago, he got stuck in the intake, so I stopped using it until I figure out how to prevent the suction from sucking his little fins up.
He's got 4 clumps of Val in there, three clumps of Cambomba, and some Moneywart just floating around. I've got a fluroescent light set up above his tank for the plants and to illuminate him beautifully.
Oh and I have a heater that keeps 78 degrees, and a thermometer to check it with. And a little hidey hole to swim through which he loves.
He's starting to change color. He was, in the beginning, a yellowy-brown which I loved because it was different from all the other bettas I've seen, now it's as if someone splashed some gold around his gills, and dipped his fins in baby blue. He's also showing some color around his tail base and caudal body. It's pretty cool.
I only change his water once a week, I test his water every few days and every time there is NO AMMONIA AT ALL! I use the API liquid test, add the 8 drops, two bottles, wait five minutes etc..etc..
Is this becuase of the plants being awesome? Can I push water changes off if there is no ammonia reading?
Any thoughts on my tank set up and questions?
First pic is the before (When i first got him three-four weeks ago), last two pics are from a couple days ago