I feel so bad!!!
So, I have 2 new bettas in 3 gallon containers floating in my 29 gallon as QT and until their tank cycles (almost done now). Well, I've been doing 50% water changes every 2 days, testing the water often, and using my turkey baster to suction out poops daily. Sounds ok, right? Well, tomorrow is water change day, and don't ask me why, but tonight I felt that something was just off. They both looked fine (although Edelweiss still has SB issues) and I don't think anyone but me would have been so paranoid as to check the water. So, giving in to my own obsession I checked it. Ammonia was at 1 ppm!! Yikes, I almost had a heart attack
! I've NEVER had ammonia in tanks that have fish in them, EVER! I feel like such a bad fishy parent
. My poor little fishies, especially Edelweiss who has issues as it is. So I did an 80% water change on one tank, and then ran out of aged water (my pH changes drastically so I can't use it right out of the tap. So I quickly filled it up, but I still have to wait several hours for it to airate (I speed up the process with an airstone) before I can use it. The waiting is driving me crazy
. I don't think my parents will be too happy about me doing a water change at 10:00 on Friday night as it is, but hopefully the water will be warm enough still so I won't have to heat it up. I just feel so bad that they were exposed to ammonia like that.
CYCLED TANKS ARE THE ONLY WAY TO GO FOR ME!!!! I've always been weary of uncycled tanks, and these are actually the first ones I've had even though they're only temporary. I'm not doing this again!!
Ok, some of you may think I'm overreacting, but I just needed to vent. I feel so bad for my little bettas
Oh, and while all this is going on, I forgot the pizza dough in the oven (where it was only supposed to warm) and the outer layer started to cook. Luckily I caught it before it was ruined, and before my mom found out! I suck at life today