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Dokumen 10-04-2012 12:42 PM

Betta fish holes -- Help!
 
I posted a few days ago about the fact our water has nitrites in -- straight out of the faucet. I still don't know what to do about this, except buy expensive betta water. I can't afford that, so poor fishy is in toxic nitrite laden water.

But now he's getting holes in his fins -- they're getting bigger each day, and has stopped swimming around as much as he was. I just don't know what to do. How can I fix these holes? How can I solve the nitrite problem if they're in our tap water?

SeaHorse 10-04-2012 01:48 PM

Hi Dokumen
I'm sorry to hear about Betta!
Can you buy a bottle of "Prime"? It can be a very small bottle as one cap full does 50 gallons. You would need a dropper and likely use only a drop or 2. Apparently Prime neutralizes Ammonia and NitrIte !! I say apparently because I have only just learned that you can safely cycle a tank with it, not to mention dechlorinate your water.
Get the smallest bottle you can, calculate the volume of your tank vs mils of the products.
There is also a fin repair product on the market but I've not used it.... Melafix. But you will need good water first!!
Good luck, keep us posted!

Dokumen 10-04-2012 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Jakiebabie (Post 1265340)
Hi Dokumen
I'm sorry to hear about Betta!
Can you buy a bottle of "Prime"? It can be a very small bottle as one cap full does 50 gallons. You would need a dropper and likely use only a drop or 2. Apparently Prime neutralizes Ammonia and NitrIte !! I say apparently because I have only just learned that you can safely cycle a tank with it, not to mention dechlorinate your water.
Get the smallest bottle you can, calculate the volume of your tank vs mils of the products.
There is also a fin repair product on the market but I've not used it.... Melafix. But you will need good water first!!
Good luck, keep us posted!

I've tried it -- it says you can use up to five times the dosage in an emergency for nitrites, so I used three times.
The nitrites levels are the same - 1.0 ppm. :(

SeaHorse 10-04-2012 03:43 PM

It might still show as there as it has not actually been removed from the water... they are just neutralized. It also might be a daily thing. Wish I knew more about it.
Bottled water is too expensive possibly? The bigger the jug, the cheaper it is tho. Even cut 1/2 and 1/2 will be less NI's.


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