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Old 01-17-2012, 02:27 PM   #1 
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No Water

So I live in the middle of no where and we use a well to get our water. We're not on city water. Since last weekend, our well has been having electrical issues and we have no water here at the house. The well probably won't be fixed until this weekend, if not later. My step-dad is leaving town for work and won't be able to fix it until he gets back. I'm currently snowed in at home or I would just take him, his heater and my critter keeper to work where I can change his water as needed. My question is this: I know it is bad to use bottled water long term, but would it be okay as a temporary solution until the well gets fixed?

Housing
What size is your tank? --- 10 gal (filled half way)
What temperature is your tank? --- about 80*F
Does your tank have a filter? --- yes (small Tom's Internal)
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? --- no
Is your tank heated? --- yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? --- none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? --- pellets & FD bloodworms as a treat
How often do you feed your betta fish? --- once in the morning, once at night.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? --- once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? --- a little less than half. About 2 gals of the 5-6 in the tank.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? --- dechlorinator

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? --- It hasn't.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? --- It hasn't...yet.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? --- n/a
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? --- n/a
Does your fish have any history of being ill? --- Nope.
How old is your fish (approximately)? --- Not sure. I've had him for about 4 months.
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Old 01-17-2012, 02:49 PM   #2 
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What a bummer...snowed in and no water....been there-done that...lol.....no fun at all....laffs.....

Okay, he in in about 5gal of water with a filter-since the well should be fixed within a week...you should be fine, however, this would also depend on when the last water change was made, if you have an established nitrogen cycle, can you test the water for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH-do you have live plants by chance.....

You may want to cut back on feeding to help maintain water quality until you get the well fixed.....If you do decide to use the bottled water-make small changes with it so you don't have any extreme chemistry changes and make thing worse....
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:05 PM   #3 
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Some bottled water is fine. Others are really bad. I would look for natural spring water and test ph. And yes, small changes so you don't shock.
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