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Old 06-30-2010, 02:40 PM   #1 
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Question Is water conditioner necessary?

Hi we have well water and the well is very deep. It is over 300 ft deep.
I tested the tap water and it is zero ppm for ammonia, nitrites and nitrogen. Ph is around 7.6-7.8. Zero chlorine and chloramines. Do I really need to add condtioner to my fish's water?
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:10 PM   #2 
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Well--water conditioner sure wouldn't hurt. It would help remove some of the heavy metals that may be in your water as well.
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Old 06-30-2010, 04:50 PM   #3 
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I have well water also and it is hard water my pump is far down to but it is still hard water we have a water softener but that is not real soft water all that is doing is adding salt or whatever i was reading on google somewhere that it's not real soft water like RO water anyway if i try to breed bettas in my well water some wont do it i have to soften the water up plus IAL and tap water conditioner and then they spawn every time
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Old 06-30-2010, 05:15 PM   #4 
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I have well water that is liquid rock and I never use dechlorinator. On several of my CT's not spawned in my water- I will use rainwater that has steeped in native oak leaf to help keep the rays from dropping/eroding.
I have successful spawns by using both steeped OL rainwater and my hard well water straight from the tap no conditioners added. I have seen no difference in growth and development of the fry and the CT fry that are raised in my hard well water will adapt and I don't have any problems with rays eroding like I do with the CT's that are spawned/reared with softer water
IMO/E the less chemical additives the better..but adding conditioners especially when heavy metals are present could benefit the fish.
Some fish will show a itchy type behavior in water that contains heavy metals until they adjust in my experience.
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:19 AM   #5 
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Our water isn't hard and we don't use a water softener.
Not planning on breeding bettas just having them for pets.
What are the signs of itchiness? Like rubbing themselves against their ornament?
Flashing?
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:46 AM   #6 
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Flashing, rubbing, shimming, twitching are signs of itchy water and sign of parasites, when that behavior stops or is infrequent it could be the water, if is its severe or non-stop it may be parasites.
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