Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-04-2010, 12:44 AM   #1 
betta1485
New Member
 
betta1485's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Question College students

Those of you who live in dorms, how do you guys clean out your fish tanks? I just bought a 5 gallon and I have no idea how I am going to clean it.
betta1485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 02:21 AM   #2 
1fish2fish
Member
 
1fish2fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
My dorm is apartment style so I just fill a bucket up in the tub and carry it back to the fish tank. If you have traditional style dorms you would pretty much do the same thing.

I suggest you cycle your tank so you only have to do a small weekly water change.. that way you have less water to lug back and forth.
1fish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 03:48 AM   #3 
betta1485
New Member
 
betta1485's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
how long does a cycle take? Can i cycle with my fish in the tank or would that kill it? Do you scrub everything down (gravel, ornaments, tank etc) each time you change your water?

Last edited by betta1485; 04-04-2010 at 03:50 AM.
betta1485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 03:51 AM   #4 
soleilvie
New Member
 
soleilvie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: California
It is recommended to go the fishless route but you certainly can cycle with fish in the tank. This should have all the information you need: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/

Also, search "aquarium cycling" and "fish cycling", etc. if you want to read up on the subject some more.
soleilvie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 04:10 AM   #5 
betta1485
New Member
 
betta1485's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Thanks guys I'm really excited that I may not have to carry my tank to the bathrooom.
betta1485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 10:22 PM   #6 
Bjwagner325
New Member
 
Bjwagner325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Wisco
What's your setup? Where are you studying? I just bought a 5 gallon for my Betta fish who will be just over a year old come this May.

Post some photos.
Bjwagner325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 11:05 PM   #7 
betta1485
New Member
 
betta1485's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bjwagner325 View Post
What's your setup? Where are you studying? I just bought a 5 gallon for my Betta fish who will be just over a year old come this May.

Post some photos.
Here are some pictures. Its not the best quality because I used my phone.

Name:  0404002252.jpg
Views: 186
Size:  92.4 KB

Name:  0404002246a.jpg
Views: 186
Size:  88.4 KB

Name:  0404000024.jpg
Views: 185
Size:  95.5 KB




The tank is empty but I just ordered some plants, ornaments, and a new heater online. Hopefully they will come this week so that i can start cycling my tank and maybe my betta will stop fighting with its own reflection.
betta1485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 11:07 PM   #8 
betta1485
New Member
 
betta1485's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
sorry everyone, i didn't know my pictures were going to be that big.
betta1485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 11:14 PM   #9 
xxabc
Member
 
xxabc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Offtopic: I swear, I have a laptop nearly exactly the same as yours.

Cleaning out a 5 gallon is really simple. Get a bucket ready, get your siphon, get the water through the siphon, and let it empty into the bucket. It takes about 20 or so seconds to drain out about half, i think. Maybe not even.

Dump the bucket somewhere. If you want to fill it up with the bucket, go ahead. Fill up the water (too much is okay, it's just you're wasting water haha) but try to match temperature as well as you can. Take your thermometer if needed, but you get used to it REALLY fast. Treat with water conditioner with appropriate amount. slowly poor back the water in. That should cover the very basics of it.
xxabc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2010, 11:31 PM   #10 
betta1485
New Member
 
betta1485's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxabc View Post
Offtopic: I swear, I have a laptop nearly exactly the same as yours.
Yeah...its an HP that i bought like 2 years ago.

Quote:
Originally Posted by xxabc View Post
Cleaning out a 5 gallon is really simple. Get a bucket ready, get your siphon, get the water through the siphon, and let it empty into the bucket. It takes about 20 or so seconds to drain out about half, i think. Maybe not even.

Dump the bucket somewhere. If you want to fill it up with the bucket, go ahead. Fill up the water (too much is okay, it's just you're wasting water haha) but try to match temperature as well as you can. Take your thermometer if needed, but you get used to it REALLY fast. Treat with water conditioner with appropriate amount. slowly poor back the water in. That should cover the very basics of it.
If the tank is not cycled...do i need to scrub and rinse things like ornaments, plants etc. before putting the water back in the tank? and what is the best way to put the betta back into the tank so that it won't be stressed out?

Last edited by betta1485; 04-04-2010 at 11:33 PM.
betta1485 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Those of you in college...? puppyrjjkm Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 10 04-01-2010 01:54 AM
College student getting first fishbowl/aquarium StandingStonesArcher Betta Fish Care 23 08-22-2008 03:14 PM
figaro's move to college kwallace1290 Betta Fish Care 1 08-20-2008 10:25 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.