I boil the water i use for my bettas' tanks.I live in south ...

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6 years ago #1
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I boil the water i use for my bettas' tanks.I live in south africa so our tap water is realy clean but full of chemicals.A friend of mine told me dis is good.Whats ur'llz opinions?

much appreciated

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6 years ago #2
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boiling the water does get rid of most all the chemicals, i would also let the water sit for some hours as well. this helps the chlorine evaporate and helps get rid of chemicals as well. just make sure the water is the same temp as the one in the aquarium so your beta doesnt suffer from temp change, and you shouldnt have any problems.

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6 years ago #3
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i know boiling water can remove some chemicals, iv never boiled any of my water that i put into my tanks.....i didnt think they put anything but chlorine and chloramine in tap water, is this what you mean ? i use API stress coat water conditioner, which removes chlorine and chloraminefrom the water it also contains aloe vera which is great for helping to repair scale damage, fin damage and helps to replace the fishes slime coat.

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6 years ago #4
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yes.yes.yes.tanx guys.i do let the water age and i know adout the chlorine and chloramine n stuff.da reason i posted dis topic is becos i bougth a new betta(number 3 of 3) n decided not to boil its water.disaster , clamped fins , depression and a realy unhappy betta lol.as soon as i changed to boiled water it "woke up".swimming , flaring and not cringing when it hears my voice.

as for dechlorinators and stuff, i dont use them.the only tings i add to my water is rock salt , tetraqua blackwater extract n sum bio elite hael all wen they get sick

nb sum pics off my bettas

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6 years ago #5
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so very sorry about d a quality n size of pics.dey looked much better on my pc.red betta was sufferring from fin rot in these pics.it has stopped now but fins havent grown back fully.he realy old now

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6 years ago #6
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What beautiful bettas!
On a side note, using salt for more than 10 days with bettas can cause kidney failure.

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6 years ago #7
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whoa.didnt know abt dat.how would i know if my betta has kidney probs?

btw tanks 4 da compliments.my mum and sisters tink im crazy spending my money on them i luk foward to showing them dis post

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6 years ago #8
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If the kidney problems were really bad, the betta won't make it. I would slowly remove the salt from the tank by doing partail water changes.

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6 years ago #9
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If you don't have enough money for food or to pay your bills, then I'd buying the fish is crazy, but as long as you have a few extra dollars, fish can pay big dividends in enjoyment and learning. Your fish do look nice.

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6 years ago #10
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Although I'm not familiar with tap water standards in South Africa, it seems they would use chlorine. A good water conditioner like Stress Coat can handle that and a few other things. They also have water conditioners that handle heavy metals; Kordon Rid Metals is one example. I use it in tanks that have mystery snails, because they are very sensitive to copper.

Boiling water will kill biological materials, but it will not boil off all chemicals. For example, boiling does not remove salt. In fact, evaporation and boiling increase the salinity of the water. I would be very careful about using salt in a freshwater aquarium, because it's easy to unknowingly end up with a brackish water tank. Keeping aquarium water healthy is very important, but all sorts of aquatic organisms live in natural bodies of water, and fish have evolved to cope with them. If you can keep ammonia and nitrite at zero, the fish are likely to be healthy and will not need salt or other medications. Some fish farms salt their aquariums, but they also monitor salinity.

Fish keeping, it appears, is really an international hobby with a very basic appeal to many of us. I enjoyed your pictures and would like to learn more about our hobby in your part of the world.

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6 years ago #11
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well thank you john.Fishkeeping is realy big in SA.My family realy dont like pets in general n when I came home wit my bettas they were lyk "the'll be dead in a week".Well its been 6 months n now i have 3

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6 years ago #12
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Great photograph!

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6 years ago #13
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The red betta in the back was my first betta ever.Through my ignorance he developed fin rot.He is a year n six months old now n is struggling to grow his fins back.Any advice

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6 years ago #14
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Some of our Betta keepers on this forum say that adult male Bettas are known to chew off their own fins. Wild Bettas don't have such elaborate finnage, so they are much better swimmers. Bettas can grow back damaged fins, but they need healthy water parameters to do it.

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6 years ago #15
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Beautiful!!! Double tails are hard to find here! He's purdy!
To help with the fins growing back, keep his water really clean, like change some of it out every other day or so, and if you can get some water conditioner with aloe in it, that will help. 2 of my bettas bite their fins off all the time...
You can tell if it's fin rot by how it looks. Rot will have black around the edges, or possibly white if it has picked up a secondary fungal infection. Biting will have clean edges. If you keep the water clean, you will notice clear growth, and it will develop color over time (about a week or so).

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6 years ago #16
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Thats the double tail thats not eating n the fish to the right is the 1 that chomped its fins

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5 years ago #17
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Hello! I happened to bump into this thread today and was wondering how your red betta is doing you see I just bought one and they sent him to me via mail and he chewed off his fins!!! I was just wondering from your experience how long it took for his fins to recover did they grow as they were before?

Thanks a lot and congrats on your gorgeous babies!

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5 years ago #18
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helo andrea.
My deceased red veiltail betta had fin rot for a LONG time.after the advice,knowledge and help i got from MAC and a lot of patience he got better but never realy regrew his fins properly.
This old topic makes me nostalgic.i can still remember the feelin of bringing my bettas home for the first time.learning and carying out what i learned.it makes me realise how much ive grown in these almost 2 years

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2 years ago #19
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Wow look at all the happy bubbles!!!! Beautiful!!

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2 years ago #20
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I did not know Bettas could grow THAT big...wow that is amazing!!!

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1 year ago #21
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For low budget,boiling is fine But its also good to add in a air pump in there. Cause you get rid of the oxygen present in the water when boiling and leaving the water there to cool for like 24 hours. Or get a heater that's adjusted to the right temperature :3

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1 year ago #22
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Your betta are GORGEOUS!

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1 year ago #23
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Hi, I boil our water too,as we have chlorine in our water.
I live in Australia but in our larger tanks for our tropical fish we use water ager to get rid of chlorine

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1 year ago #24
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Excuse me guys but this post is ovr 5years old(see top right corner)

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1 year ago #25
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Well this can work, but can also be a bit risky because you do not want your fishy friend sitting out of his home for that long as this can add lots of stress on them. I recommend purchasing API Stress Coat which helps with removing harsh chemicals, chlorine, heavy metals, etc and also reconstructs and helps your fish'stress and slime coat to protect them. It saves you the hassle of boiling water. All you have to do is change the water and add the designated amount on the bottle to the size of your tank!

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2 months ago #26
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I also boil water for my Betta and I live in Canada. I ha e always boiled all of my fish water, even when I had a saltwater setup. I do let it sit for several hours to let it cool. I pour it in slowly and try not to let too much of the bottom water out. This is where heavy metals and calcium will collect.

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2 months ago #27
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If you look to the right of this thread, you will see it is several years old. The last comment is over a year old.

I am sure this issue has been resolved.

If you have a current issue or question, please post it as a new thread.

Commenting on old threads just pushes newer, more urgent, threads down the list where they have a lesser chance of being addressed.

Thank you.

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2 months ago #28
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i said the betta was gorgeous. so what if the last comment was so old? maybe the site needs to archive the old threads so when people search for fish answers they don't get old information. there was no need for a response after all this time, pointless, especially since your response had no useful information, and my comment didn't ask a question or require a response. BTW, my comment was from one year ago.

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2 months ago #29
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Your welcome.

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2 months ago #30
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Locked. I agree it's hard for new people to see when a thread is older. Hoping the Operators can help with a fix. Not to get upset with Mods though, trying to do what they're supposed to do. Replying to this 6 yr old thread just brought it back up to the surface an pushed a newer, maybe more urgent thread, down further. That's all it's about. Hopefully there'll be better way of looking after this soon.

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