Freshwater Aquarium/Water problems

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How do you fix nitrite, nitrate, and water hardness problems? I've been to the local Walmart and the local pet stores they had no answer to my questions. I've lost three fish recently, and I don't want to risk anymore, especially my angelfish.

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Robin,
The fastest way to bring your nitrites back to zero is by doing larger daily water changes until the nitrites are gone. Do not over feed the fish and do not over stock the tank. Also, make sure the filter is working. As for the water hardness, you can try a water softener. This has helped with that problem in my tanks.

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Jaymie Johnson

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I can answer question regarding, raising, breeding, feeding and the general upkeep of Betta fish. I can answer general questions about isolating a disease and the treatment needed to help your Betta. I am knowledgeable in fresh water tanks and can answer any question regarding them. I cannot answer questions about salt water tanks.

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I have had fresh water aquariums for most of my life, including the 23 years I served in the Marine Corps. I have been raising Betta's for some time now, and have ventured into breeding a few years back. I currently own 5 males and 4 females and I have about 200 almost 3 week old fry. I make my own filters and I have tried almost all the food on the market for fry and I know what has worked for me and what has not worked.

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I do not have Betta related educational credentials, but I have educated myself in Betta care. I have read quite a few books and articles from both the internet and ones that I have purchased. I consider myself well educated in Betta care.

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