Preparing and Adding Water to the Tank
After finding suitable tank for your betta, now its time to add water to the tank.
Prepare the water
Use a water conditioner such as Prime before putting fresh tap water in the tank. The chlorine and chloramines in standard tap water can harm bettas, as well as kill off all that beneficial bacteria housed in the filter. Older sources may suggest aging the water (standing it for a time) but it’s best to use a water conditioner, as aged water removes chlorine but not chloramine and heavy metals. Use a master freshwater test kit to ensure that your tank is completely cycled before adding your betta!
- It is a not a good idea to use bottled water because this deprives your betta of necessary minerals and is not fish ‘safe’. Treated tap water is both a cheaper and better alternative.
Fill the betta’s tank
If the tank is without a top cover, fill it about 80% high to ensure your fish won’t leap out. Bettas are very active and can jump over 3 inches/7.5cm when motivated! However, bettas usually won’t be trying to escape if they’re happy in their home.