I tried searching the forums for winter and water changing/conditioning, but found nothing....
It's starting to get chilly now & I was wondering...
- Normally when I gather water in the water cooler bottles for conditioning, I use COLD water.
- Also I usually leave the container out for a day or two ahead of time so it can reach room temperature & for any other chemical evaporation that may happen.
- Is it okay to use/condition the water from warm/hot water pipes? Or is it NOT recommended due to the heavy metals that could be leached from the pipes?
- The bettas are in 78-88 degree water.
- The water coming out of the tap is about 70-72 degrees & it's only going to get cooler.
I've only had these fellas since mid summer, but don't want to get them all sick in the next couple months with messed up water changes. My bettas are pretty right now, but not when they're clamped & sick. I would like to prevent that from happening if possible.
- Luckily for me I have a vintage brown 50w heater that can reach 150 degrees in about 10 seconds, but don't know how long it would take to heat up 2.5 gallons. I'll test that out later on when I have more time. I can't figure out what else to use this 10-20yr old heater that may or may not will cook the fish if left unattended.
- Let me know what you guys do during the colder months to minimize the fluctuations in the temperature during a water change.