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Old 03-18-2010, 06:08 PM   #1 
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We have artesian well water and it is warm enough to be considered hot spring water . Is this ok for the fish. It is very soft water also. Does this make sense?

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Old 03-18-2010, 06:57 PM   #2 
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Soft water is good for bettas. It sounds safe to me but I would still put the conditioner in it to be safe.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:20 PM   #3 
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Oh soft water is good for them? Thanks that was what I was wondering about because I was not sure. Thanks. I will do the conditioner still too.
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Old 03-18-2010, 07:28 PM   #4 
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Yeah soft is much better than hard water. Ideally for bettas the pH would be around 6.5 but they can adapt to pH that is much higher than that... your water sounds great.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:23 PM   #5 
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Sorry to "hijack" the thread, but living in Richmond, KY we have really hard water on campus. My betta seems fine, but is there a way to change it at all?
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:42 PM   #6 
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you can put driftwood in the tank or peat. I just got these awesome peat pellets from my Betta group...


if you can find some you can put a little in your filter
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Old 03-18-2010, 10:52 PM   #7 
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Sadly, I don't have enough room for driftwood in my tank [only a 2.5 gal] and I have never seen those pellets. :(
Could hard water cause their fins to curl? I know his water isn't really wonderful 100% of the time, but I'd have to put about 3-4 products in it to get it pristine... [since I was just told that water in Louisville has ammonia in it and the dechlorinator I use doesn't neutralize ammonia]
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:01 PM   #8 
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you can get regular old peat moss at the garden center at home depot or lowes or any local garden store.. just put a little in the toe of a pantyhose and put it in your filter and it will do the exact same thing as the pellets. Other things that can lower your hardness are IALs (indian almond leaves) but you have to order those offline (they're cheap).. snails absorb some of the minerals but your tank is too small for a snail.

I suggest getting peat moss from the local garden store or ordering some IAL (the IAL will tint your water though)
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:06 PM   #9 
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Humm Ill need to look into those pellets, my tap water is very hard.
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