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new2fish 02-25-2008 08:08 AM

Soft water
Alright, in my 10g freshwater tank I have a betta, a frog, and a snail.
The pH is around 7.6. That's the way it comes out of the tap.
The KH of my tap water is 20mg/L.
I checked my water for GH and found out that I have soft water.
This is bad for my snail, but I don't know what water hardness does for my betta or frog. Nor do I have any idea on what to do about it, or even if I should do anything.
Do I need to worry about this? Should I do anything about it? If so what?

Also, I was thinking about getting an algea eater for the tank, along with 3 or 6 neon tetra's. Will this be too many fish? Do tetra's get along with betta's and frog's?

The other question that I have is about my KH. If I put in a KH booster it puts my pH up way too high. But 20mg/L is really really low. I have pH adjuster for lowering pH. So I can bring it back down if need be.

Any advice is welcome and appreciated.

new2fish 02-25-2008 11:16 AM

I did some asking around and heard that tetra's are no good for betta's as they are fin nippers?
Is this right?
Are there any small species of fish that I can add?

scottysgirl 02-25-2008 05:15 PM

Pygmy cories (5 or so) would be a good addition. They would stay completely away from your betta.

new2fish 02-25-2008 06:40 PM

What about high fin platy?

Falina 02-25-2008 08:15 PM

Stay away from the chemicals for altering ph. They lead to great instabilities which are very stressful on the fish and can kill them. if you want to bring the ph up use crushed coral, and add a calcium supplement for the snail.

The platy is a hit or miss with bettas. Personally i think 10g is a touch small, as they do grow quite big in comparasin.

Neons also are a hit or miss. i would go with the suggestion to add some pygmy cories, a school of 6 would be great. Or you could try 3 otos which are nice little fish and shouldn't have a problem with the betta, or the betta with it.

Alternatively some shrimp would be nice and there is a good chance the betta won't bother with them. When you do decide to add fish/shrimp, remove the betta before you add them and leave him out, in a container for about half an hour before returning him to the tank. From my experience this seems to make the betta respect the other fish more, as he sees himself as the intruder, rather than the other way round.

new2fish 02-26-2008 06:42 AM

O.kay, I'll see what they have for fish at the store.

Do you have any advice for bringing pH down?

I was told to try drift wood.
(kinda hard to come by this time of year)

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