Last week, when I cleaned Jewel's tank out, Since I put her into a tiny square temporary container, I took her into another resident's room for a quick visit. She seemed to really enjoy the experience. I think I'll do this every time I give her tank a good cleaning, every 8 days. Is it common for betas to thrive being in a humans present, or do I have an unusually sociable fish?
i use a 6 in 1 aquarium test strips from tetra.
its the nitrite that i'm questioning. it says, on the bottle, "NITRITE IS A WASTE PRODUCT PRODUCED BY BACTERIA IN THE BIOLOGICAL FILTER AS IT BREAKS DOWN AMMONIA. NITRITE IS EXTREMELY HARMFUL TO FISH AND CAN RESULT IN SEVERE FISH LOSS. LEVELS SHOULD BE TESTED WEEKLY" one day, the level was 0, but i changed 100% of her water anyway. 4 days later, it was at 160, unsafe. i didn't have a filter or a heater in DB's 2 litre vase, nor did i test the water at all. i'm going to look in the chat areas to see if anyone else has this sort of question.
I changed 50% of Jewel's water today, and I was reading the label for the water test strips. It said something like one of the levels can be increased by the filter and can lead to severe fish loss. Should I just remove the filter from her tank altogether? I really don't know if it is helping with anything anyway.
Make sure if you get live food you don't get blackworms. They have been known to keep wriggling around in the fish's stomach and do serious damage. I personally prefer live daphnia, as they are yummy and help clear out the digestive system!!