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Old 12-31-2012, 03:54 PM   #11 
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There's lot of conditioners out there. Personally, I like Prime:http://www.petco.com/product/7929/

Are you not using conditioner with your bettas currently? You need to always use conditioner..
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:01 PM   #12 
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Yes! I use Aqueon BettaBowl Plus. It says it removes chlorine and heavy metals.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:05 PM   #13 
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Oh okay yeah that works. :) Just know you'll have to use A LOT to treat a 29 gallon, so you may want to try something else for cost reasons.

Directions say use 1 tsp per gallon, so for 29 gallons you'll need 29 tsp or 9 tablespoons + 2 tsp. That's more than the entire 118ml container

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Old 12-31-2012, 04:12 PM   #14 
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Yes; I had to buy more. I'll try Prime.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:19 PM   #15 
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Prime is 2 drops per gallon. Quite cost effective and very good. Good luck with your tank! What lucky fishes to live in that :)
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:50 PM   #16 
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So, should I remove the real plants and forget about having them? Is there any other way to lower the salinity w/o a total water change?? Again, no fish are in there.
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You need to remove all the water anyway unless you don't plan on putting fish in.. No way to remove salt without removing the water. Sorry.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:06 PM   #18 
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You need to remove all the water anyway unless you don't plan on putting fish in.. No way to remove salt without removing the water. Sorry.
Are you saying the fish will remove the salt???
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:08 PM   #19 
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No. I'm saying your fish should not be put in salt. The only way to get the salt out of the tank is to remove the water.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:56 PM   #20 
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Just make some water changes...make some 50% back to back. And with just plants, you don't need to add the dechlorinator until you do the finial refill. Just don't forget to add it.....

When you setup a soil based heavy planted tank-the soil and plants have all the beneficial bacteria for the nitrogen cycle-No need to add anything other than a dechlorinator that covers chlorine and chloramines if you are on city water-the plants will use any heavy metals. With plants-especially soil based planted tanks you do the silent cycle-it won't hurt to add a bit of extra fish food for the plants since that is one of the better plant foods for soil based systems anyway.

What is your pH and KH/GH....most of the plants that do well or recommended for NPT's like hard water.
Some plants are salt tolerant-but its still not recommend to add sodium chloride-you can add magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) its also a good plant fert-But right now, I wouldn't add any chemicals other than the dechlorinator.
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