I adopted a betta from my friend's little sister. He was in a 1/2 gallon "tank" and I have no idea when his water was last changed. I was curious, so I took home a bottle of their tap water to test it.
My city's tap water parameters:
My friend's tap water parameters:
The betta's dirty water parameters:
Questions: why are my tap water's nitrates so high? Could this stress out a betta fish? My last three betta fish were not thriving and they died, besides my best efforts treating them.
My last one died within 24 hours! And now I have this new betta fish (Shiloh), and I don't want him to die. His old owner would be heartbroken, as would I.
What can I do to make sure Shiloh does OK in the new water? How can I lower these nitrates? I obviously can't get rid of them by doing WCs, because my water already has 20 ppm in it!
Please help, he's in his dirty water now because I'm worried the nitrates will shock him and kill him like my last betta.