Hi, everyone! I know I shouldn't have, but there was this betta that wouldn't let me leave him in Walmart, so I went ahead and bought him since I know I have some empty tanks at home.
Anyway, I set up his new bowl but decided to test the water in his cup first and let me tell you, his water is off the charts! Ammonia is every bit of 8ppm, nitrite is between .5 and 1ppm, and nitrate is hovering around 160. I want to get him in his new home ASAP (because he's already breathing heavily), but his water's ph is 6.4 while mine is usually 7.8. Right now he's in his cup with half original water and half new water, and I put some aquarium salt in the new bowl to help with his gills since they're probably heavily damaged. I know that with such a gap in ph, it's best to take a long time to acclimate them, but with his params so high, which is worse? High ammo, nitrites, and nitrates, or going from acid to alkaline water within a relatively short amount of time (I'm thinking 2 hours max)? Any suggestions appreciated!