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Old 06-06-2010, 04:41 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Can I use Deer Park bottled water for my betta?

My tap water kills bettas so I was wondering if I could buy Deer Park bottled water and use it straight from the bottle?
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:34 PM   #2 
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I would recommend using a dechlorinator like Prime for your tapwater because it removes the chemicals like chlorine from your tap water to make it safe. You can used bottled water, as long as you get your betta used to it by slowly adding it in. For example, 25% bottled water on the first week, then 50% on the second week, then 75% on the third week, then on the fourth week 100% bottled water. However, it can get reeeeaaally expensive, but go for it if you don't mind spending money on tons of bottled water. But, some bottled water doesn't have the beneficial minerals in the water because it is removed. Or, you can age your tapwater by sitting it overnight in a bucket, which makes it safe.
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:55 PM   #3 
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you can age your tapwater by sitting it overnight in a bucket, which makes it safe.
I was going to say this too.
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:59 PM   #4 
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The problem with bottled water is that it can lack the needed minerals the fish needs for good health and due to it not being regulated it can be plain filter water that has the chlorine and chloramine that are harmful to fish so you still need to use a dechlorinator to be safe. Sitting the water out to age will only remove chlorine not the chloramines.
Using a 50/50 mix along with dechlorinator would be safe IMO.

What is wrong with your tap water?
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:59 PM   #5 
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I'd get a master liquid test kit and check all your tap water stats. You have to find out what the problem is. Like cream said, bottled water can get expensive. Especially if you have a smaller tank and have to do frequent changes. I'd hold off on getting any new fish until you identify the problem. And I don't mean taking the water to a pet store and having them say it's 'fine'. A lot of them use strips and they're terrible. API's master test kit is very good and will last you a LONG time. And you'll have some real numbers to share with us here which will help us to help you.

I'm so sorry about Tango. :(
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The problem with bottled water is that it can lack the needed minerals the fish needs for good health and due to it not being regulated it can be plain filter water that has the chlorine and chloramine that are harmful to fish so you still need to use a dechlorinator to be safe. Sitting the water out to age will only remove chlorine not the chloramines.
Using a 50/50 mix along with dechlorinator would be safe IMO.

What is wrong with your tap water?
My mom thinks it acetic!
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Old 06-06-2010, 09:11 PM   #7 
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You should get a water testing kit to see whats wrong with your water. They aren't super expensive! And I'm sorry that your 2 bettas died from the tap water.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:18 AM   #8 
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I would suggest having the tap water under the sun one day or no- at 3 days for Betta, It's how I doing.
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:18 AM   #9 
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Do you think that I could use the water that gets filter though our fridge?
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:35 PM   #10 
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Buy a brita water filter and filter your water then condition it. it's worked for me. Gunther lived 8 months that way.
Buying a Brita water pitcher is far cheaper than buying bottled water all the time. Though I agree it lacks a lot of beneficial minerals for your fish.
It's still very good for your fish and 10 times less of a headache when you're filling your tanks.
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