So many things gone wrong.
I am sorry to report that I had to put my betta back in his gallon tank from his 20 gallon. So many things just went wrong.
1. brought betta home and housed him in a gallon tank while preparing his 20 gallon home
2. Attempted a fishless cycle in the 20 gallon tank for a month
3. added my betta to 20 gallon, heated, filtered and what I thought was cycled tank
4. Was very please at how happy and beautiful he looked in his new home.
5. started noticing tail fin was looking ragged.
6. Noticed a tear in his fin. Aghhhh!
7. Realized it must be from filter current that he so loved swimming in and against.
8. Divided the tank with plastic canvas to keep him out of current.
9. Everything seem fine
Tank light was mostly kept off with only ambient lighting for the tank because when it was on he seemed to notice his reflection and started flaring constantly, so to keep his stress levels down, I kept tank light off and room light on during day.
10. Tested water conditions daily, noticed ammonia leves were at .25 - .50
11. Did daily partial water changes to keep ammonia levels down, made sure not to overfeed, only 2 - 3 pellets a day, an occasional bloodworm.
12 Notice ammonia levels would not go down nitrites were 0 So I bought stresszyme to help out, hopefully, I thought it couldn't hurt. Maybe at the very least keep his stress levels down by making any ammonia less harmful.
13. Well, I thought things were great. Ammonia, down to 0 Nitrite 0 Fish seemed a little over active, water was like this for 5 days. I notice he was a bit pale on day 6 so of course tested water and it was at .50. I did a partial water change and the next morning he looked really pale, in a matter of hours, sickly pale. I panicked.
Set him up in the gallon tank with fresh cleaned conditioned water. I don't think he liked losing so much swimming space but...anyway his color came back withing half an hour!
I am planning to keep him in this gallon and change the water daily and putting the dirty water in his 20 gallon so that it can continue to cycle.
Please help me. What am I doing wrong? Why wont the 20 gallon cycle? I haven't messed with the filter, did not disturb gravel or plants, just partial water changes.
I have 20 gallon long tank
tetra whisper filter for 10 - 30 gallon
gravel and silk plants
water testing kit Master kit
I tested my tap water for ammonia just to see that I am not actually adding ammonia.
tap water checks out with no ammonia a ph of 7.8 We have really hard water here.
Any tips, advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance. Oh and so sorry for such a long post.