Introduction: Easy As 1-2-3 Betta Water Recipe:

No expert I claim to be, but the following recipe has proven effective for me. Wow, and that rhymes.

This guide is a step by step walk through for creating Betta fish friendly water that addresses the following:

1. De-chlorination (removing chlorine from tap water)
2. Bacteria/parasite growth prevention
3. Disease recovery & prevention

The goal of this guide is to save you time and cut past the superfluous clutter found elsewhere.

Shopping List:

  • 1 empty 1 gallon container of drinking water
  • NovAqua plus or NovAqua
  • Aquarium Salt
  • Aquari-Sol

Where do I buy all this crap?

STFI or visit your local Petsmart, PetCo or dare I say it... some Walmart's, carry API Aquarium Salt and Splendid Betta Complete Water Conditioner (substitutes for NovAqua ) If all else fails support the local economy and visit your friendly neighborhood aquarium store.

Step 1: Start With 1 Empty 1 Gallon Container of Drinking Water

Note: Use a water container that has only been used to store drinking water and nothing else.

Step 2: Add 2 Drops of NovAqua Plus Per Gallon of Water

  • Removes Chlorine from tap water
  • Detoxifies tap water

If your in a pinch and can't find "NovAqua", may I also suggest "Splendid Betta Complete Water Conditioner" which calls for 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of water.

Step 3: Add 1/2 Tea Spoon of Aquarium Salt Per Gallon of Water

  • Bacteria/parasite growth prevention
  • Promotes disease recovery
  • Prevents parasites and fungus

Step 4: Add 1 Drop of Aquari-Sol Per Gallon of Water

  • Cure and preventative for Ick, closed fins, body fungus, velvet and other parasite infestations.

Step 5: Fill the Remainder of the Container With Tap Water.

Allow the water to reach room temperature before using. (about an hour)

  • Make a few 1 gallon containers of pre-treated water and keep them near your betta (so they will be the same temperature) for easy water changes or if you need to top them off.

Step 6: Extra Credit:

If you feel like drinking out of the fire hose of information, here are some suggested web pages on the Internet's:


JJEXP (author)2009-09-20

Bettas don't have gills

jsthomps (author)JJEXP2009-09-24

yes they do ... put a mirror in front of your betta and watch the gills flare :-)

JJEXP (author)jsthomps2009-09-24

Betta's are air breathers. They have a special organ on the top of their head...that's why they spend so much time near the top of the tank.

Spookshow Baby (author)JJEXP2009-10-01

Yes JJEXP, they do have gills, and get most of their oxygen from the water, however they can also get oxygen from their labyrinth organ, if their water is too warm and still to have enough dissolved oxygen.

Candor (author)Spookshow Baby2012-02-23

You are both right, and both wrong. Bettas are air breathers, but they still need conditioned water, because they are essentially living in their own excretion. The chlorine in untreated water kills the beneficial bacteria that are needed to keep the ammonia down in a tank, as well as poisons the betta. So as much as they air to breathe, they need a nice home as well.

PCfreak (author)Spookshow Baby2010-02-18

I agree  

all you need is Distilled water or De-chlorinated tap water 

ive had my betta for three years 

georion (author)2009-09-24

JJEXP---------you are Wrong --Bettas Have Gills And they have a Labyrinth organ--Gills and Labyrinth organ means Bettas get O2 from the water and they get O2 from the air-----------Google it and weep.

jsthomps (author)georion2009-09-26


zelilaa (author)jsthomps2010-09-09

+300 gazillion.

Wolfbird (author)georion2010-01-21


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