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Hi all, got sent these pictures of my betta and his find aren’t looking too good. Currently out of town so I can’t get all the measures for ammonia and such. I made a post about this a while ago, most of the specs still holds true. Water changes are like 35% weekly. Was told it was reduced webbing before, not so sure now. The
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Many illnesses can be traced to water conditions. Your water-changing schedule is the most important element in diagnosing. Please be honest.

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A previous post about the same issue, pretty much all things are the same except water quality which I am unable to test currently, although it has always been in very good condition so I dont see why it would be bad now.
 

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Without testing the water, I really don’t think we can offer advice. Your last post was 6 weeks ago and you have a 5 gallon tank with 3 nerites (they will have a large bio load). I doubt that your water changes are sufficient to keep parameters in check. A single betta and one nerite typically needs a weekly 50% change to maintain.

since you can’t test right now, can you ask the fish sitter to do a 30% change now and then repeat every 2 days until three changes have been done? Then it would be good to stick with 50% weekly using a vacuum.
 

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Then it’s very likely that your ammonia levels are quite high - dead snails should be located and removed as soon as possible. Totally possible they will find them during a tank cleaning
 

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Finally home and can test.
Ammonia-0
Nitrite-0
Nitrate-0
Ph7.8

Ammonia tested with salifert and others with api.
My best guess for the snails is the made their eay into the back where I cant reach, Seen one in there a couple times.
 

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Finally home and can test.
Ammonia-0
Nitrite-0
Nitrate-0
Ph7.8

Ammonia tested with salifert and others with api.
My best guess for the snails is the made their eay into the back where I cant reach, Seen one in there a couple times.
Nitrate = 0? That's very unlikely. Are you sure you are testing correctly?
 

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I could try to test again, dont have a different brand other than API to cross check. Plants are growing, shrimps are breeding so the other things seem to be doing well. Should I do another test and send a picture of the results?
 

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My 3 tanks have regularly tested at 0 since about a week after they finished cycling.

Normal tank cycle process with the expected ammonia and nitrite spikes before those dropped to zero and I got nitrate readings. The next few tests showed nitrates steadily dropping until they were gone.

All 3 tanks have quite a few plants and only 1 betta inhabitant, with the exception of one tank also having a nerite snail.

Recently started fertilizing and actually got a nitrate reading of 5.0 ppm on one tank, but the others are still at zero.

I can’t say that’s what’s happening in your situation, but it’s not impossible.

I think I saw hornwart or some other type of stem plant in a couple of your pictures? I believe they are excellent at absorbing nitrate.
 
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