Betta Fish Water Guide

Good water care is the staple of good aquarium and betta fish care. If you look after your fish’s water so many problems can be avoided.

We know that due to the amount of information out there it’s not easy and the thought of the consequences of getting your betta fish water care wrong can be scary.

This one-page guide will help you answer the most common questions:

  • What kind of water is ok for a betta fish?
  • What temperature should my water be?
    And
  • How do I condition and treat my betta fish’s water?

What kind of water for a betta fish?

Is Tap Water Okay?

Tap water for betta fish

Your tap water is an easy choice for betta fish water and is the most popular choice. Tap water can be used as long as you condition it properly. (We’ll discuss this below.) There are several great things about the water available from your faucet.

  • Betta fish will thrive in a water with a “neutral” pH of around 7.0. Most tap water pH will fall within a range of 6.5 to 7.5.
  • It’s easy to adjust the temperature directly out of the faucet to the best range for your fish.
  • Additionally, tap water contains trace minerals and nutrients that will keep your betta happy and healthy.

If you’re concerned about the actual pH of your home’s water, most pet stores can test your water, if you bring in a sample. Another option is to pick up a pH test kit, if you’d like to monitor the water yourself.

Is Distilled Water OK?

No… It may seem to be an easy solution – just twist off the cap and fill your betta fish tank – but don’t do it!

Distilled water has had all its minerals removed – and in this case, it’s not a good thing. Your fish needs these basic minerals to stay healthy.

It’s better to condition your tap water. Some stores may offer a bottled “Betta Water” – such as Elive Betta Water – which is simply pre-conditioned, non-distilled water. This is a quick and easy way to set up your first bowl, but not necessary.

Keep Your Water in Good Condition

No matter where you live, your tap water will have a combination of chlorine and/or chloramine, and minerals.

Cities treat water with chlorine/chloramine to remove bacteria, and although this gives us clean safe drinking water, this means that there are harmful chemicals in the water if you were to add it unconditioned to your tank.

If you just panicked, because water additives never crossed your mind – it’s okay. Water conditioner is here to help! This will remove chlorine/chloramine from your tap water, giving you healthy and safe water for your betta fish.

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