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Old 10-03-2009, 11:08 AM   #1 
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Water changes

Hi,

I bought a 14 litres tank for my betta today and I was wondering how often should I change the water and how much amount. Have in mind that I've shut down the filter as it makes a lot of movement in the water.
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:18 PM   #2 
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If there's no filtration at all you'll probably have to replace all the water pretty frequently- as often as you need to to keep it from getting yucky.
On the other hand there are things you can do to lessen the current your filter produces if you think it's too strong for your fish.
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:29 PM   #3 
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Hm, I have 3 gallons, which is a little bit smaller than your tank, and I do about 20% water changes twice a week and 100% changes everyother week. I also have the filter on though. This seems to work well for me.
If the filter is off, you'll have to do it more than me.
Maybe you can use a plastic bottle to slow down the current, I'm sure someone else can provide the link that tells you how to do this method. It works quite well from what I understand.
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:39 PM   #4 
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If you don't want to use the filter change the water twice a week. At least that's what I do for my tanks (I have two 2.25G and one 3.3G). I always do 100% changes, but that's just me....

Do try to use methods to slow the current down first though.
We have a few threads around here on them. There are bottle techniques and even using panty hose...
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Old 10-04-2009, 02:55 AM   #5 
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Thanks guys, I'll search for that bottle technic :)
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Old 10-04-2009, 01:24 PM   #6 
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Havent changed water

i haven't changed Spike's water in a while like 2 weeks...he hasn't had changes in his behavior though...the water is crystal clear though...do i really have to change it?
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Old 10-04-2009, 01:35 PM   #7 
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ALWAYS make water changes every week, ammonia will build up in his tank and he can get ammonia burns or poisoning from it. it will burn his gills

even if water is crystal clear, you still need to change it every single week
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:13 PM   #8 
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I agree with Christina. Water quality is very important. Dirty water will make your betta sick.
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