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Old 07-27-2010, 09:15 PM   #1 
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Smile Water Change Instructions Please!

Hi! I have just recently purchased a betta fish that I hope to be able to have accompany me to college. He is named Zombie because he swims in kind of jerky movements and his tail looks like cobwebs (to me anyway). I had him in a small container for a day or two and then moved him to a larger gallon vase. Finally today I went out and bought him a proper gallon sized tank (which in my personal opinion seems plenty big enough. He has room to race around... plus I need to fit it on a tiny desk in a dorm room)hiding places and thermometor. His temperature is stable at around 80 right now but I ordered a small heater for under the tank during winter in my dorms. I have a question about how to properly change the water in his tank.
How often do you think I should change it and what percent should I do each time? I was planning on doing a twenty percent-ish every three days and then to do a hundred percent once a week. Do you think that this is addequate? Also I was wondering what the best way TO do a percent change in the water would be. Just scoop some of it out with a glass and then add the same amount of new conditioned water? There's a picture of him in his new tank below!

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Old 07-29-2010, 07:22 AM   #2 
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Any suggestions would be appreciated!
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:28 AM   #3 
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IMO your plan sounds about right, others on here may disagree but yes you can use a glass or cup to take and remove the water, just make sure that whatever you use has been cleaned thoroughly before hand
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:51 PM   #4 
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are using water conditioner? may explain the jerky movements. it is a necessity to remove chlorine and metals form the water which will burn & kill your fish

I change my 1.5 gallons 100% every three days, make sure the water temperature is the same his tanks temp, get a thermometer submersible kind is 2 dollars at Walmart, those under tank heaters? I'm not sure, I doubt they work well, I would invest in a larger tank and a real heater

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Old 07-29-2010, 10:00 PM   #5 
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^ Same here
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:27 PM   #6 
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Thank you very much for your help! He had the jerky movements when I very first got him, now he doesn't do them any more. Yes I use water conditioner and let the water sit for at least a day with it before I change it. I would get a bigger tank except for my having to keep him in a dorm room. I feel that a gallon is sufficient until I get out of the small space. I'll probably get a bigger tank for at home though as per your instructions. I have one of the little thermometer things from walmart so that I can keep the water under control. If the heater ends up not working I can always return it to the website I got it from and the reviews seem to hint that it works all right for gallon tanks so I'll just try it. Thank you so much for the help guys! I really appreciate it and I'll probably do the hundred percent changed every few days instead if you guys think that's better. Thank you so much!
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