well that's scary.
I checked with the water department, the PH is within their standard range, as is the ammonia (they don't keep track of Nitrites and it was 0 in my reading anyway). The Nitrates were way higher than the standard the water department gave me. According to them it should be between .6ppm and 1.1pmm. My reading showed 5pmm, so perhaps I need to shake and bang that #2 bottle even more than I did.
When you say follow the directions to a "t" do you mean shake the vile no more and no less than 1 minute? I followed the instructions pretty carefully, but I probably did shake the vile for an extra 5 seconds or so. I will retest, especially since my number is so far off what the water department says it should be. Did you want me to retest just my aquarium or my source water as well?
Betta Behavior: He is basically still swimming around like he always has, generally if I'm in the room he swims back and forth at the front of the tank. When I leave he is often hanging out in the back where most of the plants are, but immediately comes forward when he sees me come back in the room (sometimes he is still swimming in the front of the tank, sometimes he's not. Generally the later in the evening it is, the more likely he is to go off into the plants. If I put a mirror in front of him he flares like normal, he seems to breath ok, and does go to the top of the tank to breath at the surface as well. I have not seen him chasing his tail today, but he was doing that yesterday and the day before. When I fed him this morning he ate his food with gusto.
Thank you so much for all your help OFL, I just made it to campus to drop off some paperwork, but I'll run to the LFS on my way home and buy some Prime, and test my water as soon as I'm home.
Many Many Thanks