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Old 03-07-2011, 09:54 PM   #1 
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A big thanks for the help and another question!

First, I want to thank everyone who helped me with my previous question - sanitizing my tank before introducing a new Betta. My tank has soaked and rinsed and is currently drying.

However (there's always a however, lol), I've invested in a water testing kit.. I know it says that the liquid ones are best, but our local pet stores didn't have any, all they have are the strips. I'm familiar with these type of tests (strips, not fish water specific) as I work in a veterinary clinic, so I have an idea of how to work them as accurately as possible. What I don't get is why on the chart it shows an area for Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite, Total Alkalinity, Hardness and PH but there's no Ammonia on the test strip... I find that VERY odd.. But never the less, I ran a strip in a test run of my water with the dechlorinator AND a test strip in the cup the Betta is currently in... Yes, I went ahead and bought one today, but it's because I know that today is the shipment day for the Bettas and I guess I wanted to get 'em while they're hot and fresh, lol. Anyway, here's the run down in my comparison of the two, and I'm curious if my water is safe even though there's no ammonia test (Which bothers me because it's the only test available to me). MY WATER: Nitrite- 0, Nitrate - 0, Hardness - Hard to Very Hard, Total Alkalinity - 180, PH - 7.5-8. BETTA CUP WATER: Nitrate - 4, Nitrite - 0, Hardness - Hard to Very Hard, Total Alkalinity - 80, PH - 6

Obviously there's a bit of a difference between both, and I've also noticed and oily/greasy looking substance at my water's surface, even though the bowl I'm using was completely cleaned, rinsed, air dried, rinsed and dried again... Any idea what that might be? With my results, what would be recommended that I do to my water to make this ideal? I think the PH is a little high, and maybe the water a little too hard? Something, if at all possible, that doesn't involve buying more product as though Hubby loves our pets and would do anything for them, isn't the happiest at what this equipment is all adding up to... Thank you again in advance for all of your help, this whole process is sooo new to me, as I stated in my last post, I'd always done distilled water for my Bettas with pretty good success.

Cheers,

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Old 03-11-2011, 11:37 PM   #2 
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What kind of conditioner do you use?
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:53 PM   #3 
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First, I want to thank everyone who helped me with my previous question - sanitizing my tank before introducing a new Betta. My tank has soaked and rinsed and is currently drying.

However (there's always a however, lol), I've invested in a water testing kit.. I know it says that the liquid ones are best, but our local pet stores didn't have any, all they have are the strips. I'm familiar with these type of tests (strips, not fish water specific) as I work in a veterinary clinic, so I have an idea of how to work them as accurately as possible. What I don't get is why on the chart it shows an area for Ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite, Total Alkalinity, Hardness and PH but there's no Ammonia on the test strip... I find that VERY odd.. But never the less, I ran a strip in a test run of my water with the dechlorinator AND a test strip in the cup the Betta is currently in... Yes, I went ahead and bought one today, but it's because I know that today is the shipment day for the Bettas and I guess I wanted to get 'em while they're hot and fresh, lol. Anyway, here's the run down in my comparison of the two, and I'm curious if my water is safe even though there's no ammonia test (Which bothers me because it's the only test available to me). MY WATER: Nitrite- 0, Nitrate - 0, Hardness - Hard to Very Hard, Total Alkalinity - 180, PH - 7.5-8. BETTA CUP WATER: Nitrate - 4, Nitrite - 0, Hardness - Hard to Very Hard, Total Alkalinity - 80, PH - 6

Obviously there's a bit of a difference between both, and I've also noticed and oily/greasy looking substance at my water's surface, even though the bowl I'm using was completely cleaned, rinsed, air dried, rinsed and dried again... Any idea what that might be? With my results, what would be recommended that I do to my water to make this ideal? I think the PH is a little high, and maybe the water a little too hard? Something, if at all possible, that doesn't involve buying more product as though Hubby loves our pets and would do anything for them, isn't the happiest at what this equipment is all adding up to... Thank you again in advance for all of your help, this whole process is sooo new to me, as I stated in my last post, I'd always done distilled water for my Bettas with pretty good success.

Cheers,

Saoirse
The oil/grease stuff is just natural build-up with no filter to swish the water around. It won't harm your fish.
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:58 AM   #4 
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Aqueon conditioner that adds trace minerals specific for bettas.

I do have a filter though, still oily. Not worried about it though - seems you're right, it's not harming the fish :)
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I thought you might have used a conditioner with aloe vera in it. I used to use stresscoat and it made my water oily.
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