01-28-2012, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by bllauben
I have a few questions:
I have my betta in a 3 gallon "tank" with a heater. Temp stays at 78 degrees. I do a 33 percent water change every day on it since it has no filter.
1) Do I need to still test the water for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates?
My 10 gallon tank, using the same style and type of thermometer ( Aquarium Heaters: Tetra Submersible Heaters
) that I have in my betta tank and the same brand and model of heater, my temps read 82 degrees. The particular heaters that I bought are good for tanks 2-10 gallon. The 10 gallon is cycled. Ammonia and nitrite measured "0" today. I don't have a nitrate test kit. It has 2 otos, 2 mollies, 2 platties and about 8 or 9 molly fry in it. Is the temperature okay?
I also need to buy another question. I only want to test for nitrites, nitrates and ammonia. I always use the proper dose of water conditioners when I do a water change. My ph and hardness falls within acceptable ranges and has never once changed since October. I was looking at this for a testing kit: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master and Mini Test Kits - Water Conditioners - Fish - PetSmart
Is this a good one? Or would I just be better off buying individual testing kits for ammonia, nitrite and nitrates?
The mollies will be fine at 80 to 82 degree's but that is too warm for platy's who would prefer cooler water around 76 degree's or lower.
If you are changing water each day or every other day with conditoner such as PRIME then you prolly don't need a test kit assuming you don't add any more fish to the tank and aren't overfeeding.
Personally, I would purchase a filter for the tank and keep up with the water changes like you are now, for three to four weeks longer and by this time,,the filter will have a bacterial colony to process the waste from the fish and you could get by with once weekly water change.
Adding some floating plant's to the tank such as Pennywort would provide benefit by helping to remove ammonia,nitrates,and also provide a place for the small fish to hide and feed.