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  1. Well. That test was taken with no water change. Saturday my tests were better than the week. Sunday I went to work and tested and that was the results and since they looked good I didn’t do a water change. I do have quite a bit of plants - Anubias and Java Fern. I just ordered some potassium today and have been dosing with my Easy Green every water change and this am, without a water change. To increase the nitrates, I keep adding EG and is there anything else I can do or just wait in time?
  2. Ok. Well I’m still working on it. But those nitrite levels had me super worried. But we are getting there. I think this is a great step towards being a smooth future 👍🏻 I am so grateful and thankful for all of your opinions and suggestions. I will keep everyone posted and asking questions I am sure 😂😂🙏🏻
  3. 🙏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 UPDATE I think it’s cycled. It sure appears that way. Am I correct? Lol. I did go yesterday and changed water…….and this am I went and tested the water and my nitrites were perfect. I didn’t do a water change. I didn’t add any chemicals so I will retest in the am. But I am so relieved. Do we agree I should be good now? Lol. 👍🏻🙏🏻☺️
  4. Ok 🙏🏻👍🏻 yes. My ammonia is right where it should be. Ok well I feel a little relieved. I’ll do a water change in a bit and check again before I leave work. Aaaaaaah @JettsPapa I found it. Thank you so much!! 🙏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 yay. It’s the little things……… 😂
  5. @Pepere I do have plants so I’ll stick with my water changes and power through this. I hope. 🙏🏻 thank you
  6. @Tony s ok. Thank you. I have already prepared more water and was contemplating doing another water change this afternoon. So. Ok. Thank you for confirming. My poor little guy. Ok so it does seem like we are cycling? So it’s not necessarily (hopefully) something I am doing. 😥
  7. Hi there. It’s me again. Worried betta fish mama. I need to just get my specs on my name signature like yall do but I can’t figure out how to. 😂 Fluval 5 gal Spec betta and a snail and baby pleco been running since Jan, fish added now 3 weeks planted tank Easy green fertilizer Been using API stress coat +, this week I got Seachem Prime and I have API bacteria starter and I have added small tiny bits of baking soda this week as my alkalinity is low. ok. My nitrites have me in panic mode. This week I have been testing and my nitrites are in the mid to dark pink mode. I’ve been doing daily water changes and adding the additives back in. The nitrates seem to be coming up. The alkaline is somewhat creeping up. I test twice a day. Or more. Lol. Have I been doing too many water changes? Do I need to continue them? Is it cycling now? My tank is at work. Will it be ok over the weekend or do I need to come water change? I wanna make sure my little groupies are ok. 😬😬😬🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
  8. Haha. You’re probably right. And I am overthinking it I know. Lol. My husband keeps asking me if all fish tanks were this hard to keep 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🙈 but it’s just so much info to learn and I wanna do it right. Lol. thanks. Ok. I’ll let it sit tight and see if everything mediates out. 🙏🏻🙏🏻☺️
  9. @doktor zhivago well. Trying to understand the chemistry aspect I have read through posted questions and responses and asked and I have hard water but my alkalinity was super low. As you can see from the picture I posted. That was after adding a minute bit of baking soda in the water. The higher the KH the more stable the PH, I believe.
  10. Ha. Aw. Well several in the forum suggested a bristlenose juvenile and that when he got bigger I’d need to rehome. So I was lucky to find a teeny baby. He’s so cute. I love watching him. He whips his little tail back and forth. Lol.
  11. Hello. I just wanted to get some recommendations and expertise from the forum. I have been reading and watching and trying to learn 🤯 5 gal Fluval Spec 5. Betta. Snail. Pleco. Planted tank. Been running since Jan. Fish added almost 2 weeks ago. New plants added last week. Y’all have been awesome with suggestions to water parameters and it is appreciated. Today I did a small water change and added some water with baking soda to increase my alkalinity. And it has worked. Yes. Adding slooooowly. My water is hard. Im treating my water. The water change I did today was 1/3 bottled treated water with some baking soda and 2/3 tap water treated. I tested the water 4 hours after and saw good positive results. Currently I use stress coat+, 🙈 betta water conditioner, green easy, and added baking soda. Now to my question…. I’ve been reading and seeing Seachem Equilibrium and Seachem Flourish and talk about potassium and calcium and manganese and it’s giving me 🤯🤯🤯 I’m ordering a phosphate test kit…… but do I need to get Flourish or another additive for my tank? 😬👍🏻 thanks!
  12. Oh I bet. So far it’s great to see how far he’s come in a weeks time. He’s very food motivated it seems. And he’s starting to pick up on the routine. He’s so smart and cute. I love watched them and I can assume raising fry would be so amazing.
  13. Well, it’s not really anything interesting except to me. 😂 it’s the interaction to me and others. When I had the little puffer he would always come up and follow my fingers and “talk” to me. He was super cute and so much fun. My betta I used to have, he loved to watch me or anyone in the office and would follow us. He would “dance” and would get so happy to have some attention. Now, I have a 5 month old baby betta who is adorable. And from just one week of having him. He’s gone from backing away from me when I approach to now he recognizes me and wants to jump up for his treat or bits. I just love their personalities and how they can learn tricks and learn to love you. ♥️
  14. I’ve always been fascinated with the ocean and plants and fish. As a kid, I had sea monkeys and goldfish and all the normal kiddo things. Finally as an adult, I bought a 5 gallon tank and placed some community fish in it. Then I added a 10 gallon tank and bought 2 little lobsters. Then I upgraded to a 35 gallon and had cichlids. Finally I got my 35 gallon in community status with the black tip sharks and pretty fish I liked. I’ve had a few bettas, I’ve had pea puffers and loved them all. When I moved, I rehomed my fish and tank. 8 years later I decided my office needed a nice something to relax and I thought…… well a bowl and a betta. I’ve missed having fish and watching them and reacting with them. Being the study worm I am, I started reading and watching and eventually decided on a 5 gallon tank that’s planted and has my betta in it. My husband jokes about the “mortgage payment” on the tank. Lol. But I wanted the best and I wanted to pamper my little guy. And it took some learning and some work and I hope I have it on the right path with the forum. 👍🏻🙏🏻
  15. Consider mind blown 🤯
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