Hi, I'm new to this forum, but not to fish or bettas. I am returning to the hobby after a 10 year break, and am delighted to find a betta forum. :)
Here are my 3 questions in case you want to skip the detailed background that follows:
1) Can I use both Atison's Betta Spa and Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement in my 3 gallon tank? I have one Anubias nana about the size of a baseball. I'm concerned using both might be too much, and I was wondering if anyone knew if Betta Spa + fish waste would be enough fertilizer that I wouldn't need to add Flourish.
2) Does Flourish mess with pH? The pH in the tank with Betta Spa is barely acceptable at 7.4. Makes me nervous.
3) Any suggestions about how to lower that pH without affecting hardness? The hardness is in a good range for a betta (KH 5; GH 107.4). The pH concerns me.
Here's the detailed background info:
I'm preparing my Fluval Spec III aquarium system for the arrival of a betta. I have to use bottled spring water because we have well water here, and the water softening treatment doesn't work properly. I won't even drink the water without running it through a Pur pitcher. I used the API Master test kit to compare the pH, KH and GH of the spring water by itself, and then again after adding Atison's Betta Spa.
The spring water's chemistry is:
After adding Betta Spa:
Fluval Spec III 3 gallon tank with filter (valve-lowered flow), LED overhead light on timer, lid, heater. Temperature 79. Substrate: fine gravel/sand mix. Decos: medium silk plant, live Anubias nana, bridge for fish to swim under, betta hammock.