Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-17-2013, 01:59 PM   #1 
New Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
What do I add to water?

I'm setting up my 5 gallon tank today for my Betta Barnabas. I was wondering want I should add to the water to make it safe for him. I'm going to let the water sit for at least 24 hours before putting him in the tank. But I've always had a problem with ammonia. I think it's just my water, so I was wondering if there was anything I could add. Maybe something like Prime?

Currently I have:
Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus Water Conditioner & Dechlorinator
NutraFin Betta Plus Water Conditioner
TetraAqua BettaSafe Water Conditioner

Thanks for any help!!!
Number1sticky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 02:58 PM   #2 
MrVampire181's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Colorado
I use Stress Coat. You should always use a water conditioner as tap water contains harsh chemicals. Cycle your tanks as well.
MrVampire181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 03:23 PM   #3 
pittipuppylove's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Waverly, IA
I have a similar problem with my water, only mine is with nitrites. Prime is good if you can get it - it will bind the ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites into a harmless form for around 24 hours, which should be enough time for a cycled tank to remove them from the water. It also wouldn't hurt to add some faster growing live plants (like anacharis or other stem plant) to help remove the toxins more quickly.
pittipuppylove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 03:49 PM   #4 
Shadyr's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Georgia
Pretty much anything that declorinates it will do. Most people seem to have found one they like more than others. People with a bit of ammonia in their tapwater seem to like Prime. I myself am a fan of one someone else mentioned - StressCoat+

Good luck with your tank I am sure Barnabas will love having a new home!
Shadyr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2013, 05:49 PM   #5 
Otterfun's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2012
for me 50/50 of Prime and Stress coat since my Fred is recovering from fin rot and I am talking about differences in drops from my pipette since I have a 5.6g tank filled with 5.25g water.
Otterfun is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Tap water vs. Conditioned water vs. Bottled water Rosebud Betta Fish Care 10 09-01-2012 03:18 PM
Before & after images, Ill effects small bodies of water and infrequent water changes Chicklet Betta Fish Care 22 02-25-2010 10:35 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:27 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.