Originally Posted by hmckin20
what's a recommended water conditioner? my water is pretty icky, it tends to stink.
also if you put too much in, does it harm the bettas?
Tap water can be conditioned but I'm not sure about natural water. If your water stinks, I wouldn't use it. My well water stinks and turns yellow after an hour in a tub and it's deadly for fish.
The only way to use these kinds of water is through filtering - here are some media commonly used in my area (depends what is in your water):
- Activated sand (to filter fine debris)
- Manganese (to reduce diluted metals)
- Activated carbon (reduce the smell, neutralize unwanted chemicals)
- Chlorine Tablet (neutralize chlorine)
- Zeolith (filters fine debris and add oxygen concentration)
- Antrasit/Anthracid (filter fine debris)
(reduce iron concentration)
The most common media used in my area is activated sand/zeolith sand and activated carbon. My well water would also need both manganese and ferrolite if I wanted it to be safe.
How old until the betta's (male and female) a completely mature?
At that time will they start build actual bubble nest instead of the random little bit of bubbles?
Most bettas stop growing after 12 months (if they are kept in small tanks). If well cared for, they should be fully grown by 10 months. But they are sexually mature around 3 - 4 months. Most males build their first "actual" bubble nest at 4 months. The ideal age for breeding is around 6 months (about 70-90% growth).