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Old 11-29-2010, 10:10 PM   #11 
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Indian Almond Leaf Extract will soften the water somewhat naturally. It also adds tannin color to the water which are not harmful but some people don't like tea colored water but the bettas love it.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:57 AM   #12 
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Putting in driftwood will help soften water too and lower the pH as it releases tannins. I put a big piece of driftwood into my Crowntail's tank after his rays melted off, and only gave it a cursory rinse beforehand. It has stained the water brown and dropped the pH right down.

I also added some Blackwater extract I bought online that was supposed to have beneficial humic acids in it, which is also found in peat, another water softener.
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