I have always used RO water from the pet store with my bettas. It is KH buffered and a pinch of aquarium salt per gallon to restore mineral loss. My bettas have always done fine with this. Well after doing some research I decided maybe they'd be healther long term with some added minerals. I read about Kent RO Right and Seachem Equilibrium. I decided on Equilibriupm.
The can says 1 tablespoon for 20g.. so that's 1.5 teaspoon for a 10 g and 3/4tsp for my 5g. However I have read this ODs on K and people have problems with unstable ph on full dose so I went even further cut this down in thirds and added only a level 1/4 tsp.
Well first thing I noticed is it didn't fully dissolve even after 24 hours and left amazing amounts of stuff all over the tank. I siphoned it all out as best as I could with a turkey baster and replaced the water I took out. My water is now 4 degrees gh which is still very soft.
I am in the process of acclimating my betta very slowly by floating in a cup and adding a few tablespoons every 10 minutes. Well.. when ever I do this he acts like I'm killing him.. completely freaks out and is breathing very heavy..
That said he freaked cupped in normal water initially but adding water makes it even worse.. I'm afraid to release him into this..