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Old 09-19-2009, 07:14 AM   #21 
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DR2B, I have never owned a 1 gal as I firmly believe it's to small for any species to be comfortable. I have however kept a 2.5 gallon with a sponge filter cycled. The trick is more frequent, small water changes. If you do a full water change you will remove all of the beneficial bacteria's food, they will starve and the cycle will have to be restarted from the beginning. As I inferred in my previous post, you have to keep a vigilant eye on the parameters, it's not easy, but not extremely difficult either.

Edit: Forgot to mention that a small bio load (e.g 1 Betta) is necessary for it to work.

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DR2B, I have never owned a 1 gal as I firmly believe it's to small for any species to be comfortable. I have however kept a 2.5 gallon with a sponge filter cycled. The trick is more frequent, small water changes. If you do a full water change you will remove all of the beneficial bacteria's food, they will starve and the cycle will have to be restarted from the beginning. As I inferred in my previous post, you have to keep a vigilant eye on the parameters, it's not easy, but not extremely difficult either.

Edit: Forgot to mention that a small bio load (e.g 1 Betta) is necessary for it to work.
I wasn't responding to you okijapan. I was responding to Kilope's post about his betta.
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