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Hi, all. So, I just recently started learning how to take care of Betta. Got my Flic a new 5gal tank, got the testing kit and otjer stuff. Just changed filter today to internal Aqueon Internal AT10, since it is very quiet. Prev one was pennplax 20. Filters are not cycled, still learning it.
Ok, so, tested ammonia 2 days ago, was barely greenish, less than 0.25. Changed 25% of water.
Did another test today, not expecting anything, just trying to teach my daughter this process and ammonia showed 1.0
Immediately performed 50% water change. And added a few drops of Seachem prime.

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Is it normal to have such rapid ammonia spikes from almost zero to 1.0 in 2 days having only one betta fish on 5 gal tank
 

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Short answer is "yes."

 

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Thank you!

So, I guess, until my filter is cycled - should I get those stickers - Ammonia Alert - to control the water better?
 

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They don't control the water; they just let you know if the AP reading is NO3 or NO4. But, either way, you do a 25% water change at .25 ppm or 50% at .50 ppm. Check parameters daily and never let Ammonia or Nitrites get above .50 ppm.
 
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