Hi everyone this is sort of lengthy but I need some help.
I know bettas can handle a wide range of water parameters, but how hard does your water have to be before it is too hard? Our tap has a hardness range of 160 - 280ppm but sits closer to the 280. I've had a lot of issues going on with all of my fish, scales turning white and falling off, flashing, jumping, etc. My other parameters are decent except for hardness and ph (I'm assuming due to high hardness level). I've only used the quick strips but intend on getting the liquid tests asap. I'll answer the form for sick bettas as well. I'll also add links to my city water report, first is basic second is detailed.
What size is your tank? both are 10g
What temperature is your tank? 78-80F
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? Spray bar on internal filter
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? tank 1: divided with 2 males and MTS. Tank 2: Sorority with 7 females and MTS. Both are heavily planted
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? aqueon pellets and freeze dried bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? 1x a day 3-5 pellets each
How often do you perform a water change? 1x a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? seachem prime
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Ammonia: 0ppm (liquid test)
Quick Strips - API 4 pack
pH: only reads up to 8, was 8+
Hardness: KH - 240+
GH - 180+
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Scales turning white and falling off, fins curling, white lines on bodies (looks like scars vertically)
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Flashing, jerky movements
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about a month ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No, researching and doing water changes
Does your fish have any history of being ill? not before. Both had been set up for a while before this.
How old is your fish (approximately)?