Still having problems.
I dumped the old water and filled the ~2 gallon tank with water from my aquarium (no ammonia in there).
I removed the Cherry Hedge and replaced that with some broad leaf Ludwigia (always been successful in the past and gives good coverage for the beta to hide in) as well as some "Senegalese" (something something).
The last plant I think was misnamed because I can't find it on the internet (not Senegal tea plant or temple plant), but it sort of looked like this, but with red leaves: http://photos.tradeholding.com/attac...25/flap038.jpg
Within a few days, ammonia levels began spiking again.
I took out the "senegal" plant because it looked like it was dying underwater.
Changed the water again and soon after that, the banana plant was bubbling with oxygen nicely.
However, in 2-3 days, the ammonia was spiking again. I've decided to move the beta to the main tank for now until I figure out what's going wrong.
So, what is the deal with these ammonia spikes? I'm putting stresszyme in the tank as well as AmQuel. However, I don't really like the ammonia neutralizers because they say I'll continue to read ammonia levels, but that it's harmless. I don't really want it at all.
The bottom of the tank is just smooth black stones. Should I put some other substrate in there?