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Old 02-26-2013, 05:15 PM   #1 
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So, I went to Wal Mart today and got Jungle, 5-n-1 Test strips that determines pH niatrate nitrite hardness and alkalinity.
Well, I just did one just now picture below is what I got.

My betta is in a 5 gallon tank, with a heater but no filter, just a aerostone bubblier.

what should i do about the alkalinity and the ph?! )):

I used our like spring water/purifier and then I used betta safe that makes tap water safe for bettas. what should i do?! please help me!
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:37 PM   #2 
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When was your last water change? Ammonia has a high pH (meaning that it is a basic, or alkali substance) and can cause an increased pH if too much accumulates in the system for too long. I would test again, test the water that you are using to fill his tank and see if the problem is occurring before the water even enters the tank. In either case, I'd take a sample of water to a local fish store, Petsmart, Petco and ask them to test it for you, and ask for the exact parameters, IMO they usually don't charge for this, and the strips are not the most reliable method for testing. If I understand correctly, you are using filtered tap water? If so, skip the filtering and just use your dechlorinator (also, once you use up all of the bettasafe, I recommend changing to Sechem Prime; it's a great product that many of us here on BettaFish use and because you use so little, you end up saving a lot of money [0.1ml/gal as opposed to the 5ml/0.5gal that I believe bettasafe requires]). Sorry if this is a little jumbled up, my brain doesn't want to be organized today lol!
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When was your last water change? Ammonia has a high pH (meaning that it is a basic, or alkali substance) and can cause an increased pH if too much accumulates in the system for too long. I would test again, test the water that you are using to fill his tank and see if the problem is occurring before the water even enters the tank. In either case, I'd take a sample of water to a local fish store, Petsmart, Petco and ask them to test it for you, and ask for the exact parameters, IMO they usually don't charge for this, and the strips are not the most reliable method for testing. If I understand correctly, you are using filtered tap water? If so, skip the filtering and just use your dechlorinator (also, once you use up all of the bettasafe, I recommend changing to Sechem Prime; it's a great product that many of us here on BettaFish use and because you use so little, you end up saving a lot of money [0.1ml/gal as opposed to the 5ml/0.5gal that I believe bettasafe requires]). Sorry if this is a little jumbled up, my brain doesn't want to be organized today lol!
I just sent you a private message (: figured that'd be easier.
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