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Old 11-02-2012, 05:45 PM   #1 
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Is this bottled water good to use?

My male betta has super severe fin rot so I'm moving him to a 1.5 gallon QT tank. My tap water is really hard (180ppm) with 1ppm ammonia in it and a ph of 7.6. Because the water quality is so bad, so I decided to use bottled water so my betta could recover.

I know that pure RO water is bad, so I bought purified water with minerals added. It has calcium carbonate, magnesium sulfate, and sodium bicarbonate added to it. Is this enough that the water is safe for fish? If it's not, how much tap water should I add per gallon of RO so that it has the appropriate amount of minerals? Also, should I add prime to the bottled water before putting it in?
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Old 11-02-2012, 06:48 PM   #2 
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Lack of minerals and PH differnces are the main problems if you can fix them than sounds okay.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:01 PM   #3 
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So is the water ok to use plain since it has minerals added or do I need to mix it with tap water.
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Test its water quality to make sure each thing of water is constiant in PH, no ammonia, and minerals as long as it meets that you will nit need tap water.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:25 PM   #5 
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I hear spring water normally is okay. If you need minerals in it i am sure they sell such things like mineral tabs someplace. I remember seeing something like it once.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:27 PM   #6 
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Ok, well it has minerals added, so I'm going to test the water and everything, but I think it will be safe to use plain. It's purified water not spring since I couldn't find that.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:28 PM   #7 
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If you can afford to do so, then do it. For me, I use tap water de-chlorinated. It's much cheaper. I find that water hardness and ph matters only if they are inconsistent. So as long as you keep a stable hardness and ph, you should be fine. People say bettas learn to adapt, but I think they're just very tolerable fish and it does minimal damages to them. Just my 2 cents.
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Although they may be tolerable, bettas would be happier, healthier, and would live longer in better conditions.
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:31 PM   #9 
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Again...there fish has serious fin rot from the tap water so it's unsafe...but normally if tap water has low to no ammonia it's safe. Unfortunately in the case it's killing the fish.

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Old 11-02-2012, 10:33 PM   #10 
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I'm only using the bottled water while I treat his fin rot. My tap water has high ammonia so I can't cure him while he's in it. He will only be in the bottled water for about a week so I think it will be ok even if it doesn't have the exact right amount of minerals.
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