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Old 03-28-2013, 11:17 PM   #1 
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Distilled, Spring, or Tap?

Before I get a new betta, what water do I use in his tank? I heard that distilled water is the worsed for bettas, but I used it with mine for a long time. Which is better; distilled, spring, or tap?
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:19 PM   #2 
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Use tap. It's cheapest and contains the minerals that they need. Make sure to buy a water conditioner that neutralizes chlorine, chloramine, and heavy metals.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:23 PM   #3 
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Thank you. Would stress coat be good to treat tap water?
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I have no experience with that. I use a Canadian brand but have heard that prime is really good.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:26 PM   #5 
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Oh, okay. I'll do a little research into that. Thanks so much
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No prob. Happy to help.
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:35 PM   #7 
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I use a water conditioner which is actually cheaper IMO.

I use Tetra and API (or Topfin) and for about $5 a bottle, I've treated my tanks for almost a year C:
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I think my local pet store has that. yay! no more buying distilled water every month. Thanks guys :)
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:12 PM   #9 
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Yup... weekly water changes with tap water is the way to go :)
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:54 PM   #10 
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Distilled can actually be lethal for betta. It sucks minerals right out their body. R/O and rain water can do the same so mineral must be added. It is too pure. Tap water is usually really good but the chlorine, choromine and metals must be taken care of before going in the tank. Seachem Prime and API Stresscoat Kordon Amquel Plus are very good water conditioners and are way cheaper in the long run and healthier for fish. You may want to do the changeover very very slowly as the difference in ph, gh and kh could be massive and sudden change could shock the betta.

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