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Old 08-26-2012, 10:16 AM   #11 
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So a 5.5 is too large?
If your betta doesnt appear stressed, then 5.5 gallons is okay.
The stess stripes might be there because young bettas have the stripes before developing color.

Im not sure how long youve had him, but if after awhile he is always hiding or refuses to eat, then I'd say he is stressed. If he is acting otherwise, he is ok.
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And can I do a 25 percent water change daily instead of 100 percent every 3 days?
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I just got him yesterday afternoon.
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And can I do a 25 percent water change daily instead of 100 percent every 3 days?
Reguardless of tank size, you need to do a 100% change every 3 days. Daily, use a turkey baster to suck up any poo or food you see floating around.
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Ok, so maybe it would be smarter to have him in a smaller tank so it's easier to clean?
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Ok, so maybe it would be smarter to have him in a smaller tank so it's easier to clean?
Yeah, that might be ideal for you. Just be sure you can heat whatever you put him in
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Ok, I have a 1-5 gallon heater that I'm not using so I could use that. Hahaha now just to get my mom to let me have another tank. :)
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Ok, I have a 1-5 gallon heater that I'm not using so I could use that. Hahaha now just to get my mom to let me have another tank. :)
haha! Since he is about 6 weeks, by 11 weeks old he wont really require any special care, just regular betta care.

So in about 5 weeks he should be ready to go in the 5.5 gallon tank with regular water changes.. If it is filtered and NOT cycled (and you arent trying to cycle it) do 1 water change per week. One week do a 50% change, the next week do a 100% change to rid of ammonia.

Do you have any pictures? id love to see the little guy! :D
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Yeah, it might have to wait though, I'm not home right now, I'm using my phone to post this. Unless there is a way to post a pic on my phone?
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Oh and after the 5 weeks can I do partial water changes everyday or every other day instead of once a week? But still do a 100 percent like every 2-3 weeks? Or is it better to do it the way you described?
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