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Old 11-06-2010, 07:37 PM   #1 
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Hey Everyone!

Just was curious about how long should it take for a new beta to adjust.. Also If purchasing water from Walmart which would be better? Spring or Distilled water?

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Old 11-06-2010, 09:34 PM   #2 
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Hi Beard! Welcome! I'm brand new also, and everyone here has been super nice about answering my questions. And now I can pay it forward!

Regarding the type of water to use, from everything I've read here on the boards and other sources, you should never use distilled, filtered or purified water for your Betta. Those waters are missing the nutrients that Bettas need to stay healthy. It seems tap water is the best choice (when used with a dechlorinator like AquaSafe) although bottled water is okay too. I don't know where spring water fits into all of that, however.

Hope that helps a little bit!
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:49 PM   #3 
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Hello!, welcome to the forum.

It depends on a few factors....
You don't have to buy water for a fish tank, tap water with conditioner is fine. However, if you do have to buy water, I'd say spring. But I would just use tap water instead. Conditioner will last a while too!

Now, it mainly depends on the betta and it's home. As long as the tank is large enough, and heated, conditioned, etc, it could take from a couple days to a week to possibly longer. For me, it's usually been a couple days.

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Old 11-06-2010, 10:26 PM   #4 
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Hello and welcome!!!

Tap water combined with conditioner is your best bet. Distilled is a big no-no and bottled water would be expensive and wasteful.
Every betta is it could be just a few days for your betta to adjust, or maybe even longer. After all, he did just have a big transition! One of my bettas took 2 weeks before he got used to everything. So just let him make himself home at his own pace c:
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Hello and welcome to the forum. It looks like you got some good advice. :)
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