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Old 08-31-2012, 04:29 PM   #1 
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How often should I be changing the water in my 6.6 gal uncycled tank?

I didnt cycle my bettas tank before placing him in there...i didnt really know how important a cycle was and just assumed things would work out, then i did more research and wish i had cycled it before placing him in there...too late now, so ...how often should i be changing my water...its a clean tank, sand bottom, lots of plants and moss balls, filtered, lit and heated. My test strips read well, but it doesnt tell me ammonia levels. Right now im doing 30% water changes once a week. Should i be changing the water more often? How much % should I be changing when I do it? Food does not get left in the tank, he gets 3-4 pieces of food twice a day and he eats all of it.
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:41 PM   #3 
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Exactly what kinds of plants are in there? You could have enough fast-growing plants to not need any more than a 30% PWC a week.

You really should get a better test kit. The strips are unreliable. I've tested them again the API Freshwater Master kit numerous time and the API kit comes out on top both times. An ammonia reading would be very helpful in this case.
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Good to know! Ive been worried about these test strips lol, they seem weird. I have 2 anubias nana, 1 anubias africa, 1 java fern and 2 baseball sized moss balls.
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:14 PM   #5 
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Hmm. Those aren't very fast-growing plants. I'd step up the water changes to two times a week. Two 20% should hold you until you can get a test kit. If those plants are keeping the ammonia at bay, then drop your water changes back down to once a week.
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:44 AM   #6 
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As soon as you get a liquid test kit, you should cycle the tank. It's quite easy. Read:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...ecific-107771/

For further reference read:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...-guide-111960/

Cycling is not for the convenience of the fishkeeper, but for the safety and health of the fish.
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How long has he been in that tank? If a month or more your tank might already be cycled, you may have achieved a "fish in" cycle. Nothing wrong with that!
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:52 PM   #8 
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How long has he been in that tank? If a month or more your tank might already be cycled, you may have achieved a "fish in" cycle. Nothing wrong with that!
hes been in one full week
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