Great thank you for the link! While I've never owned a fish, over the years I've done some research on keeping them, but I'd never even read that term before in my research, so thanks for clearing that up! We have pretty hard water here it seems like (at least compared to every where I've traveled in recent memory)
I realize now that you meant "soft water fishes" as in fish that need to be kept in soft water, not fish that are kept in soft water because that's what their owners happened to put them in! Doh! One of the freshwater articles on tropical fish keeping mentions goldfish, live bearers, and Rift Valley Cichlids as being hard water fishes. What are bettas considered, as far as soft or hard water?
Ok that's good to hear, but is there a limit on how hard the water can be? Maybe I should test how hard my water is before trying to put a fish in it. Are those water softeners they sell at the pet store A) actually worthwhile, B) any different from the domestic water softeners available, C) and really safe for fish, as I've heard they change salt levels?
It has a lot to do with your specific betta.
Even in the wild, betta habitats range from extremely hard water to extremely soft water.
The best thing to do is ask the breeder when you purchase the betta what kind of water it has grown in, or do a test on the water it is placed in when you buy it.
My boy grew up in soft water, whereas my brother's jumbo betta grew up in hard water.
Without the minerals in hard water, bettas will become nutrient deficient. This is why conditioning (And softening if need be) can be considered better than placing your betta in filtered water, because filtered water does not contain any nutrients, while conditioned and softened water contains the same nutrients, but they are no longer harmful to the fish.
Alright! I just priced this out on PetSmart!
Also made some more decisions on what I need to get. Here it is, wish me luck and PLEASE, I will take any advice! (Prices before tax. Only reg. prices shown, not including current sales, of which there are many). Prices rounded to the nearest tenth. Underlined is what I intend to purchase.
Tank Substrate: Top Fin Betta Sand OR Top Fin Betta Crushed Pebble
MIN (3) - $15 MAX (5) - $25
Large Decoration: Top Fin Grey Tree Root Ornament
Java Fern Plant
Water Wisteria Plant
Plant Bulb: Zoo Med Flora Sun Maximum Plant Growth MIN (1): $16
MAX (2): $32
Green Cory Catfish (At PJ's Pet Store)
MIN (1): $2 MAX (4): $8
MIN (1): $3.50
MAX (3): $10.50 Will purchase (2): $7
MIN (1): $4
MAX (2): $8
(I might mix the Albinos in with the Greens during or after tank set up. If during, I will buy two Albinos and two Greens. My goal is to add two fish at a time if possible, maximum four fish at a time. If addition is after set-up, the plan is four Greens and two Albinos. Since the Albinos are smaller, I'm toying with the idea of doing only (4) Albino catfish and no Greens. I read that Corys can get aggressive if they are much bigger than another fish, and my Mako is just over 2". Greens grow to 4", and Albinos grow to 3". Thoughts? )
Silk / Plastic Plant: Top Fin Plastic Plant Variety Pack
(I will investigate this, I'm actually looking for a silk plant that I know PetSmart sells, but all that's on their site is plastic. If they don't have silk, I'll check other places)
Replacement Tank Lid: Aqueon Incandescent Full Economy Aquarium Hood
(If I can't fix the faulty wiring in mine, I will have to buy a new one)
Min Budget: $100
Max Total: $161.30
***All values in CND
Last edited by Kanra Chan; 04-29-2013 at 12:59 PM.
Reason: Forgot component in list: Albino Cory