So this is week three with my betta buddy, and every time I test the water my results come up right where they should be. He's in a 5-gallon filtered tank at about 78-80 degrees. I didn't cycle the tank before putting the guy in, but I did add some Nitraban when I first put him in. I change the water about 25% twice a week, use AquaSafe conditioner, and feed him a pellet or two every other day, some bloodworms or daphnia once a week, and he's fasted for three days in a row.
Any thoughts? Did the Nitraban establish the bacteria I want, or have I just not built up enough food/fishy waste for things to get moving?