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Old 06-28-2009, 06:18 PM   #1 
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I am relatively new to Betta care. My BoyBlue lives in a tall cylinder about 18 high and 4 inches in diameter with a live plant near the top. His condo is located in the kitchen in a corner with only indirect sunlight.

I've had BoyBlue about three weeks. There is a small cluster of tiny bubbles appearing on the surface of the water, which is distilled water. Are these bubbles a sign that the water is contaminated or needs to be changed? I feed him 3 pellets of food twice a day. Am I feeding him to much?

Any information would be helpful and appreciated.

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Old 06-28-2009, 06:40 PM   #2 
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Hello and welcome to FishForum. The bubbles you see are normal. It sounds like BoyBlue is building a bubblenest. Male bettas blow bubblenests and it means they are healthy and happy.By the way, my first betta was named Boy Blue.
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:53 PM   #3 
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Red face That's a relief!

Thanks.
Is there any reason why I should change the water?
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:59 PM   #4 
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I don't know how much your container holds but if its a gallon to 2 gallons, it should be changed at least once a week. The bubbles don't affect the water quality.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:37 PM   #5 
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I thought one shouldn't use distilled water for a betta.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:04 PM   #6 
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Distilled water isn't good for bettas because it lacks the trace elements tat fish need.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:30 PM   #7 
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Thats what I thought. Because I was going to use distilled water until I realized that.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:32 PM   #8 
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Just regular old tapwater with conditioner is fine.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:26 PM   #9 
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Red face Thank you one and all!

Conditioner I will purchase when next I go to the City... our local water supply is barely safe for humans so conditioner I know will be needed. I hate to think of what the water is doing to us two legged creatures...

Thanks again!
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:18 PM   #10 
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How big is the tank? Sounds like it could be about 5 gallons.

If it is below 5 gallons do a complete water change weekly. Simply use tap water and the correct amount of conditioner for it. If it is about 5 gallons then you only need to do 50% changes every week Just use the right amount of conditioner to get the nasty chlorine out of the water. You can purchase conditioner specifically made for Bettas too
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