Originally Posted by Chrexis
I appreciate the information! I will be investing into a good water testing kit, and would also like to apologize if it came off a little douche-ish with the bold large print.
For a cycling tank, OFL, whose opinion I respect enormously, suggests two 50% changes per week, using a gravel vacuum for one of them. :) Of course, a test kit is still important. :)
Originally Posted by fishman1126
im asking if i have a 5 gallon tank, with 2 fish, (filters, heaters ect.) will i still need to change the water? also, how do i test the amonia levels , with just ph paper?
Yes. You always need to change the water. I would do one 50% change per week for a 5 gallon with two bettas.
PH strips are inaccurate even testing pH - a drip test is more accurate. They certainly won't test ammonia. You need to buy an actual ammonia test kit if you want to test for ammonia levels. Remember that nitrate and nitrite are important too.
If you can afford it, the API master test kit is the way to go.