05-29-2013, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Donetta
I really appreciate you taking the time to explain all this. The information and article really helps me tie everything together. You're absolutely correct and all the bottled waters I've been reviewing are super high in sodium. After reading the article I understand how my Betta is stressed and it makes since he got fin rot. This also explains how sometimes it appears he struggling to swim through the water.
Everyone kept saying its poor tank maintenance as if the water was dirty, but now I see that poor water quality can come from other issues. As you know I was adding tons of macros, but I was adding too many water conditioners as well...garlic, vitamins, fish protector, extra prime ect. However, I did add indian almonds leaves and I'm glad that's on the good list. From now on I'll add least as possible.
So, I will keep on with my tap/ distilled water combo. Another reason I was hoping to switch to straight bottled water was because I do have brown diatoms as well. It's not all consuming, but it grows back steady after I clean the tank. Do you have any suggestions for this? As you know I'm only dosing Flourish & Trace once per week now. I only have the one Betta. I had Otos, but took them out because of poor compatibility. I can't have Nerite snails because I dosed my tank with panacur. I can't have high water flow because of the Betta. I retested my phosphates and they are .5. I read that brown diatoms are due to high silicates and excess nutrients. Maybe the situation will get better since I'm not over dosing the macros, but is there anything else I can do? I thought about adding Seachem Phosguard to the filter, but here I go adding again
There is much to learn, and we can only do it step by step; recognizing that is a major factor to success, and you are on this road.
The brown algae, if it is diatoms, may well be due to the stuff in the bottled water. It is harmless, except if it clogs plant leaves. Let's see if it subsides with your new plan. I will assume it is diatoms if it removes easily; a form of brush algae can appear brownish too, that is very different.