Betta Water

chainedfaithNovember 21, 2006

I reciever a betta starter kit as a gift, along with a beautifl crowntail.

Beforehand i have been using tap water, conditioned with BettaPlus, a hagen product to assure that any harmful contents are taken from the water, to which i let sit overnight in jars and the following day i change the water in the tank.

However now i've run out of BettaPlus, and i live in a small town. Got to love it, but i cant find the same product called BettaPlus.

Instead i have what is called AquaPlus. It seems very similar to the BettaPlus, it does the same as far as i can see on the front of the bottle where it tells you what it does. I was curious to know if this product was safe for Betta's? ( The following is a link to the product on Hagen. And also if changing to this product, will my betta be alight?

Also with the AquaPlus, came Cycle (

I've read the labels and the booklet inside, yet it doesnt say anything about betta's. I'm very cusious about using new products, i dont want my betta to get ill. But they product reduces bacteria and reduce ammonia and nitrite levels. Will this be safe to use in the water? Will it harm the betta?

Thanks very much for any information!

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The best water conditioners are StressCoat and Cycle. Most conditioners that come with Betta kits are actually barely of any use to improve the water quality for the fish. If you keep your Betta in a filterless environment, I highly recommend the use of StressCoat. If he's kept in a filtered environment, StressCoat in combination with StressZyme are best...

Here are links for the two products:

    Bookmark   November 21, 2006 at 11:10PM
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Minaku(z6 Pittsburgh)

Any water conditioner will do. Aquaplus, NovAqua+Amquel, StressCoat, Prime, all of these do what is necessary to maintain fish survivability in our chemically treated water: remove chlorines and chloramines, and get rid of heavy metals. A lot of people use StressCoat for the aloe vera in it because they believe it promotes a healthier slime coat. A fish with a good diet and clean water has a healthy slime coat and will not need any extra buffing.

Cycle is not a water conditioner and I do not suggest using it as such. Unless you are planning to cycle your tank, I would not get it.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2006 at 4:41AM
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I agree with minaku. Virtually any aquarium water conditioner will do the job and healthy, properly nourished fish kept in healthy water have all the slime coat they need.

I keep many tanks so buy the concentrated water conditioning products sold for ponds. I just diltue it with distilled water for the tanks and it works just as well as the pricey stuff sold in little bottles.

But not all tap water is equal, so first test yours to make sure what is in it that you actually need to remove.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2006 at 12:30PM
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woeisme(z7b NC)

Cycle is a waste of money, it can actually do more harm then good in some cases, and its expensive. I like Prime because it does just what the other top brands do for a cheaper price. It is highly concentrated and comes in a smaller bottle so it looks like a bad buy. the truth is it costs 3 times less(on average) then Amquel. All the conditioners do is remove chlorine and detoxify ammonia as well as chloramine. It also detoxifies Nitrates, nitrites and some heavy metals.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2006 at 9:46PM
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