A Quick Primer On Water For Your Betta
Bettas are freshwater fish. In the wild they live in shallow, slow-moving streams, rice paddies, ponds and swamps. As you probably know, the water from a stream or pond is totally different to the water from your tap. Water from a tap has additives and treatments that make it healthy for humans but unhealthy for fish. Tap water has chemicals like chlorine in it to make it sterile. These chemicals will kill your betta if you don’t treat the tap water before introducing it to your aquarium! Water can vary from source to source in density, acidity, minerals and pH.
In this article we’ll cover how to prepare and test water so that you can ensure the water conditions for your betta fish are always at the correct standard. After reading this article, you should really know how to take care your betta fish.
Different types of water that you can use for a betta
So how do we get the ‘right’ water for a betta fish? Typically there are 3 sources you should go to to get your water:
The water MUST be treated before you put into the aquarium. If you introduce a betta to tap water without it being treated, your fish will die. If treated correctly, this water will be fine. It’s the most affordable way of acquiring water for your betta.
Read more about treating tap water below.
Bottled water tends to be spring or mineral water. The pH of bottled water varies depending on the provider, so it’s best to test the water with a pH kit. If the water has an adequate level of pH for a betta and it is clear that the water is from a natural source, you can avoid treating the water. Like any other aquarium water, allow it to run through a filter for a week or so and warm to the right temperature before introducing it to your betta. A perk of bottled water is that it can contain some really beneficial natural minerals that are great for your fish.
Pet Store Water
Professional aquatic and pet stores sometimes sell pre-conditioned aquarium water. This isn’t typically used for freshwater fish (more so marine fish), as preparing aquarium water for freshwater fish is easy, it just takes patience. If you want a batch of water ready for your betta, don’t hesitate to ask in an aquatic store, especially if your betta aquarium isn’t too large. This isn’t the most affordable way of acquiring water, though.