Hi I have a question for some more experienced members regarding PH. I have a 3 1/2 gal tank that I have my male betta in. Its a planted aquarium and the substrate that I used Aqua Soil Amazonia lowers PH and makes your water softer. The substrate also (from what I've read) has ammonia in it for the plants so that what might be making my ammonia so high. My problem is that my current PH is registering at 6.0 and the tap water that I will be using is a 7.6. I need to do an 100% water change because my ammonia is at a 2.0ppm (did a 50% water change on Tuesday) and I am afraid that the PH spike will hurt Jasper.
My tank is still in the process of fully cycling its only been about four weeks (one week since we put the fish in)
What do suggest I do? Should I change the water and ph down the crap out of it to make it as close as possible to the current PH or should I just put the water into the tank (let it sit for 24 hours) and see if the substrate will automatically lower it?
Also my Betta has a white patch it almost looks like his scales are comming off under his chin and it looks like it is spreading toward hi eye. I think that it may have been from the fish store (they were kept in less than favorable conditions.) I will try to get a good picture of it and post it asap. He seems like he is feeling pretty good.
I have a bubble wand, a DIY C02 fermenter, and a corner filter turned on super low flow.
My water temp fluctuates between 80.1-82.9 without a heater (I do have a heater but it hasn't dropped below 78 degrees) Sometimes I have to put ice packs in it to keep it cooler)
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.