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Old 03-23-2011, 04:00 PM   #1 
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Spring river water for Bettas? Safe?

Hey everyone....

So I was reading on a fish forum about people who use natural ocean water for their salt water tanks with no ill effects. I was curious if this could be done with Bettas from a fresh water source....

We are on an RV right now, and the water at this location from the tap is full of ammonia and has a high PH (my males just recovered from an accidental PH shock from new filters, which I talked about in another post). I am by the Comal River in New Braunfels, TX, and it's spring fed. Just for fun I got my test kit out, and WOW, it's WAY better than the tap water. Not just way better, but PERFECT from what I tested! I don't think I would ever do this in fear of harming my babies, but, I was curious about others thoughts on the matter. I do know there are betta keepers and breeders who keep their Bettas outdoors with the rain water but I suppose this is different from a stream because there are other fish....

What if the water was taken right from the source (spring) where it emptied into the river? Would that not be similar to spring water in bottles?

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Old 03-23-2011, 06:50 PM   #2 
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The biggest problem with using water from a stream is the possibility of introducing some type of predatory animal into your tank. There are predatory insects in larval form that you may not see that could hitch a ride into your tank. Plus, you may end up bringing some nasty bacteria in. I would not recommend it.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:15 PM   #3 
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Hmm - this is not quite your question and I think that Shadowsbiker makes some very good points. I was using conditioned tap water (Central Florida) and my tank never cleared. I gradually switched over to bottled spring water, and in two days, my tank was crystal clear. I mean amazingly clear. I swear by the bottled spring water.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:18 PM   #4 
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I would be too worried about parasites and other harmful critters to try it.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:56 PM   #5 
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Thanks for the responses. Yes, I would be quite worried taking directly from the stream, however, it is spring fed, so I was wondering about going right to the source, you know, where the water comes out from the rocks/ground at the beginning. People drink from this kind of thing....it's just straight from the earth.

Anyone have am opinion on that?
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:19 PM   #6 
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Well, healthy bettas are resistant to parasites. I know OFL has outdoor breeding tubs that are exposed to the rain, sun, bugs, etc, and the fry grow up amazingly. If you are in a good place with little to no pollution, give it a shot. Just be very careful to acclimate them correctly~
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JKfish, thanks for the response. I was trying to remember who did the outdoor thing I would think the water from the actual spring would be ok. Still not sure if I would do it. Though it's probably way better than the tap water here! Heh!
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If your really set on it, maybe boil the water first? Let it cool over a day or so and use it at that point? I have no experience with this personally, but I would think boiling would rid the water of any parasites etc. Just my two cents.
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