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Old 01-27-2011, 10:16 PM   #1 
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What are the best products?

I have been searching this site for about 2 weeks now and I keep seeing that multiple products are great. I am looking for the best products out there! I am ready to turn my horrible betta mom habits into FANTASTIC betta mom habits. I am just needing your help to do this. What are your ideas on the best water conditioner, pellets, test kits, and aquarium salt (if there is a best kind of aquarium salt lol.) I plan on going to PETCO tomorrow since my new betta will be here soon.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:56 PM   #2 
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I have been searching this site for about 2 weeks now and I keep seeing that multiple products are great. I am looking for the best products out there! I am ready to turn my horrible betta mom habits into FANTASTIC betta mom habits. I am just needing your help to do this. What are your ideas on the best water conditioner, pellets, test kits, and aquarium salt (if there is a best kind of aquarium salt lol.) I plan on going to PETCO tomorrow since my new betta will be here soon.
Top Fin and Marineland are the brands I find myself going back to a lot..
I'd stay away from all things Tetra as far as heaters, etc go though. Ive had such awful luck witht their stuff :s
For food, people on this site seem to really love Hikari Betta pellets, I hear theyre tasty (lol) and help ith coloration. I have some tetra (I know...) brand pellets, and theyre actually great too.
For conditioner, eh.. Theyre almost all the same stuff, essentially ^~^; I guess find one that suits your tank needs best (Like, dont get one you measure for 1 drop per 20 gallons in a 5 gallon tank lol :P)
I use API aquarium salt, it comes in smallish milk-box looking things and seems to do just dandy.
Test kits..ummm.. Depends on what youre testing? Ive heard strips can be innacurate :c I use them, but dont test my ammonia with them. I use a brand PetSMART sells, but PetCO doesnt. I have an API kit for ammonia and its great. Ive seen lots of other memebers with the master kits from API, too. :D
Good luck on your better-betta-mama hunt <3
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:31 AM   #3 
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I'm rather fond of Aqueon and Marinland as far as heaters/filters/tanks go. Top Fin is OK, and Tetra is indeed horrible.
Hikari and Atisons seem to be favored brands for pellets, though I've used HBH for as long as I've had bettas and like them. For frozen foods though, definitely go Hikari.
Seachem Prime(They really need to pay us for promoting this...)is definitely the best conditioner out there, no questions asked.
Liquid test kits are the way to go, strips are indeed quite inaccurate,,,.and therefore really kind of a waste of money. The only brand I've ever seen/used is API, so I can't comment on others.
AQ salt(API is indeed a good brand)is always a must to have on hand, but not to use for regular maintenance. Long term use does more harm then good. However, it should always be there on your shelf, and should be used before resorting to stressful medication. Sometimes a little salt and clean water is all you really need.
Hmm....I think I covered it all xD Hope I helped some!
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:09 PM   #4 
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Water conditioner: Prime (also the most economical).
Test Kit: API Freshwater Master Test Kit (Again, the most bang for your buck).
Foods:
-Atison's Betta Food
-Atison's Betta Pro
-Omega One Betta Food
-HBH Betta Bites
-Hikari Micro Wafers (the crude protein is up to scratch, even though its a tropical fish food)

The other 2 good ones I have not been able to lay my hands on are
-New Life Spectrum
-Ken's Betta Crumble

...NOT Hikari Betta Bio Gold. The were great, but then they changed their formula to include wheat germ as the first ingredient. If your betta a big carbohydrate eater? Neither is mine :)
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Old 01-29-2011, 05:18 PM   #5 
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Water conditioner- Prime.
Test kit- API freshwater master test kit.
Food- Hikari betta bio gold, Wardleys pellets
Atison's betta pro
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Old 01-29-2011, 06:49 PM   #6 
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Ohh, yes DQ- Wardley's are great too! I forgot!!
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:00 PM   #7 
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I totally agree with whoever said Top Fin.
I currently own:

Top Fin 4" Net
Top Fin Color Enhancing Betta Bits (pellet food)
Top Fin Freeze Dried Blood Worms
Top Fin Betta Water Conditioner
Top Fin 2 Gallon Aquascene Desktop Aquarium with Light and Airstone

Yeah, even my little Comet's TANK is Top Fin.

They make some awesome stuff. Check it out.
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:10 PM   #8 
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Smile How much Prime

[quote=kelly528;572605]Water conditioner: Prime (also the most economical).

How much prime do you use for your 5.5 gal when you do a partial changel of water?

I use Prime and always kind of question myself when using the dropper...

Thanks!
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:14 PM   #9 
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I heard its 2 drops per gallon.
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Old 01-29-2011, 07:15 PM   #10 
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2 drops per gallon Neekis! so doin a half a change whould mean 6 drops or 5 if you feel like your not rally at half removed and always add it to the new water not the water in the tank now, so it thuroughly mixes.
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