We are pretty new to this hobby, but love how pretty these fish are. Is it common that fish coming from Petco / PetsMart are not healthy, or am I missing something that is killing them. We are on well water, that is slighly acidic, so I have been making sure the ph levels are right before adding a new fish. I have been told that having the minerals from well water is good for the fish. I had the water tested several times, and was told it is a little on the soft side, but other than that, it's fine.
I have tested that a fish will eat by dropping a pellet of betta food is his bowl before making a decision on bringing one home. After setting them up
about 8 of the last 10 stopped eating & died. We have a total of 4 that are doing well.
I'm using filterless tanks, because I heard the current they produce is bad for the bettas. I'm boiling the rocks, and rinsing the rest of the decorations with hot water, and not using any soap on anything.
We are avid animal lovers, and it breaks our hearts when even a fish passes, I ended up giving up because so many of them weren't making it.
I don't get it ?
Any suggestions ?