Right now I only use the Betta stress coat in my tanks. and my fish have lived for years.
But I'm moving (don't know when yet, still looking), and I'm scared that the water won't be good where I'm going. I guess I will buy the test kit, and see what it is. but how do I fix it if there is a problem with the water in the new place? I heard about drops of stuff?
Your fish will be fine with the stress coat as long as it is also a water conditioner. These remove chlorine from the water. If your source water also contains chloritamines, you need to make sure that your water conditioner handles these.
Originally Posted by katydidmischief
There's a lot of additives on the market that'll change the water quality. Mine is hard so I add a little Neutral regulator when I do larger changes in order to soften it and to lower the pH..
Most of the time, the water treatment folks don't add anything to make the water harder. It's just the body of water where your tap water comes from is hard. That being said, it's not a wise idea to use those products that claim to change water chemistry unless you understand how they work. Betta are hardy and may be able to survive these damaging products, but more sensitive fish would be killed by the rapid changes in pH. You are not actually softening the water by adding "neutral regulator". The only way to soften hard water is to dilute it with RO water.