Who has a Betta?

United States
July 19, 2007 1:47am CST
My supervisor at work has two Betta jars in our office. She takes good care of them, daily feedings and weekly cleaning of their jars. But she doen't use any water treatment. I have been wondering how important this is for Bettas. I mentioned it once and she said they have always done fine with regular tap water, but I still feel that they would be healthier and happier with proper water. Also, two new females we got about 2 weeks ago seem less active than they were when she first brought them. Does anyone have any experience with these types of fish? I also checked the pH of their water out of curiosity and it was 7.4.
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• United States
22 Jul 07
Many cities and towns use chlorine and ammonia to kill bacteria in the pipes that carry water to the tap. You must be on or near the end of the line so that there is not much chlorine left in the line when it gets to your tap at work. I would still use a chemical that will neutralize the chlorine and also to make the metals less ha4mfull to the fish. I have 10 aquariums running and I make sure to add the chemical that will neutralize ammonia, chlorine (chloramine) and heavy metals. I do not wish 6to kill any of my fish. I have some of them breeding for me and I will be setting up a fish room for up to 100 aquariums just for breeding and raising tropical fishes.
• United States
26 Jul 07
What about using spring water, or bottled water. Would that be ok?
• United States
26 Jul 07
As long as the bottled or spring water has no chlorine in it , then it should be alright. Bettas prefer to be in 79 degree water and a lot of of offices have air conditions that cools the room to lower than what the Bettas need. They can survive in lower temps but they are not happy in lower temps.
• United States
27 Jul 07
Thanks for the tips!
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
19 Jul 07
I don't know about you but I was always told that chlorine is bad for fish. I have a 10 gallon aquarium and when I do the water change I either use the start right liquid or the tablets that make it safe for the fish. Chlorine causes stress on a fish's body. The start right liquid or fizz tablets by Jungle helps to coat a fish's body and keep it from getting stressed out. I have a betta and it is in my aquarium with 2 other fish right now and I have no problems with mine. I do think that this behavior that you are describing is from the tap water. I find that my betta loves my water filter in the tank. He will sit under it and let the water push him down then he will swim right back up and let it do it again. I hope that this helps. P.S. THe tablets and liquid I told you about only cost about $4 at wal-mart.
• United States
20 Jul 07
I always hear that too, just like a person trying to live in a swimming pool. But I wanted some proof before I bring it up again. She tend to take things as if I am challenging her and is very difficult to talk to. But I cringe every time I see her plop them in to TAP water!!