I got the API test kit today. Currently my tank is NOT filtered -or cycled- but I will be doing this as soon as my sponge filter & air pump arrive.
Here are my current specs:
pH = 7.6
Ammonia = 0 (might be a touch above 0, but is not close to the .25 color)
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 5ppm, or a touch below.
I have a heater and a couple of live plants. And as I said I will bet getting a sponge filter. I also have one oak leaf in his tank. It is a 5 gallon tank.
What I need to know is
: Is the 5ppm Nitrate a problem? Do I need to do a partial water change? Would this make him listless? He was very active the first two days and he is now not doing much, and not eating for the past 24 hours.
I don't think he is ill, but I want to keep a very close eye on him. He flared a lot the first two days, and I see he has tiny holes in a couple of fins. I think he blew them from all the activity. Could he just be adjusting or tired?
Thanks for any and all advice!