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  1. Tap water pH high... Do I need a buffer?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Hi! Started a new tank last night. My tap water has a pH of 8.2, but after about 16 hours in the planted tank, my pH dropped to 7.4. Assuming my tank continues to buffer my water for me... do I need to add buffer to the water before I add it into the tank? More specifically, will it hurt my...
  2. Can I rinse new plants in untreated tap water?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Just bought my first live plant for my betta tank! I got a beautiful young Arubias Nana. I am going to anchor the roots under the rocks /gravel. I already know about leaving the rhizome on top of the substrate. My question is do I need to do anything special before I put it in the tank? Do I...
  3. Question about water conditioner

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I had gotten a ten gallon tank and a separator for my 2 betta fish so they more room to swim. I forgot to grab more water conditioner and I don't have the money or time to go get more. I use top fin water conditioner, which says about 48 drops for 1 gallon, and I was only about to get about 140...
  4. Questions on Tank Maintenance

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hi everyone. I’ve recently set up my new betta tank and was hoping to get some advice on basic maintenance. I'm still in the fish-in cycling process so most of these questions will be applicable once the cycling process has completed. My gallon is approximately four gallons, houses one male...
  5. New Betta used to spring water! Can I Switch to tap and soften it!??

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hey all! So, a friend gave me a betta as a gift in a small bowl and she had him for a few months but only used spring water! Now, of course, I am getting him a 2.5gallon tank tomorrow...and need to know if I have to keep using the spring water or can I switch to tap with the proper drops added...
  6. tap water is 5 ph?!

    Betta Fish Care
    I tested my tap water: - fresh out of the tap: 5 ph - aged tap water without water conditioner: 5 ph This is concerning how soft my tap water is. What can I do? I am currently letting a bucket of tap water WITH water conditioner sit and occasionally stirring it. I will measure ph again when...
  7. Alarming water parameters... from tap water. & Questions about bettas

    Betta Fish Care
    (I posted this in the wrong place first, I'm sorry! Mods feel free to remove the other one. Sorry.) I adopted a betta from my friend's little sister. He was in a 1/2 gallon "tank" and I have no idea when his water was last changed. I was curious, so I took home a bottle of their tap water to...
  8. Alarming water parameters... from tap water. & Questions about bettas

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I adopted a betta from my friend's little sister. He was in a 1/2 gallon "tank" and I have no idea when his water was last changed. I was curious, so I took home a bottle of their tap water to test it. My city's tap water parameters: Ammonia: .25 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 20 My friend's tap water...
  9. Water style change

    Betta Fish Care
    So I got a betta and put hm in a really big pretzel jar while I search for a tank! He has about 2 gallons. His water is bottled 100 percent natural spring water. I am changing him to tap with dechlorinator this Friday. How do I ago about switching him over from bottled to tap that is...
  10. Fixing 8 ph tap water???

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi all, Is it worth the money to go and buy kits to fix 8 ph tap water? I'm moving to a new city where apparently that's how alkaline the groundwater is. O_O I know I can use spring water instead but it would be hard for me to control its temperature when I do water changes. Thanks!
  11. How can I get the ammonia out of my water fast?

    Betta Fish Care
    I have a male betta, Comet, in a 10 gallon hospital tank since he has fin rot. While his tank was once cycled, he get a new filter so he doesn't have enough bacteria to support a full cycle. His ammonia is at 0.02ppm and I can't get it down. My tap water has about 0.05ppm ammonia so water...
  12. Ozarka Spring Water vs Treated Tap Water

    Betta Fish Care
    I have heard that you can use untreated Ozarka Spring Water to change your Betta's water, is this true? If so, is it better for your fish than Treated tap water?
  13. Too much chemicals?

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi, I'm new to the site~ I've referenced you guys for a few questions I've had already, but I didn't find an answer to this one. So I figured I would ask. Also-- I figured it would be nice to join a group that's passionate about their fish as well. I've been going on and on about my newest...
  14. Sick Betta/Damaged fins

    Betta Fish Care
    I'm on a road trip and brought my betta so he didn't starve to death in my apartment but I forgot to bring the water treatment solution. I used tap water when changing Gustav's water yesterday, but I kept half of his old water so I thought it would be okay if i didn't have the drops for the...
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