We have a 13 gallon Aqueon Aquarium with QuietFlow LED
filter (carbon) with a cobalt neo-therm heater. We have a few java ferns but everything else is artificial. I have one male*betta*and keep the temp right at 80 degrees. He eats 4 pellets in the morning and 4 in the evening.*
We got him February 28. At that time, our ammonia level was .50 with 0 nitrites and 0 nitrates. I did 20% water changes once/week. Ph 8.0 consistently.*
I kept reading up on various forums about cycling and started on 3/15 with Seachem Stability daily and holding off on water changes for 2 weeks. Started adding Prime in too on 3/19
Finally, on 3/22, our ammonia dropped to .25 - nitrites and nitrates are still 0 though. I test daily with API master kit.
Its been almost 2 weeks and I don't know if I should do water change, keep adding Prime and/or Stability.*
There's so much information and things I could be adding, I just don't know where to go from here. If ammonia is dropping, shouldn't I be seeing some nitrates or nitrites?
What is best to do at this point?
P.S. the tank*cycle*was started with ammonia from our previous misguided attempt following chain pet store advice and killing 2*goldfish*and 5*Otos. We got our betta when the ammonia level was down to .50
Thank yout for any advice you have!