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Old 02-25-2011, 06:26 PM   #11 
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You have to keep in mind fish are constantly releasing ammonia from their gills, which will build up without water changes. Clean water keeps the immune system of a fish strong so they are healthy. Of course larger tanks help dilute the build up of toxins meaning less water changes, which is why larger tanks are typically better.

In a two gallon, you'll have 2 50% water changes and a 100% water change a week. In something like a 5- 10 gallon tank, if you cycle it, you could get away with one 50% water change a week.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:40 PM   #12 
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The lifespan of a betta is 2-5 years, sometimes even up to 7, a healthy, well kept betta should well exceed 2 years of life unless it has some genetic issue.

No one is sensitive about water changes.. facts are facts. And the fact of the matter is.. a small, unfiltered tank needs at least 2 weekly water changes and a tank that is not cycled needs one of those changes to be 100% as OFL posted.

I too had a fish do fine in a 1 gallon bowl with weekly water changes. After I learned how to care for him correctly he went from being fine to being amazing. His color and activity improved as did his health. He lived to be 4 years old... how long could he have lived if he was kept properly his entire life? We'll never know but I'm betting he could have made it to 5 years easily.
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:53 PM   #13 
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do you mean he is in a jug that used to hold alcohol? What does it look like?
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:58 PM   #14 
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This is my best guess



I'm all for DIY tanks but you need something with a wider opening to be able to clean it out and to get a heater in it.
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:56 PM   #15 
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how did you get him in there?
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:12 PM   #16 
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I'm all for DIY tanks but you need something with a wider opening to be able to clean it out and to get a heater in it.
You can't keep a betta in this. How do you get it out for water changes?
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:24 PM   #17 
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If that is the container you are using, I really hope you don't keep the lid on. Bettas need to surface and breathe air; he will suffocate if he can't get access to oxygen. And I hope you rinsed it extremely well.

You will need to do at least twice weekly water changes in anything less than a 5 gallon. In a 1 gallon container I would say every other day, or every two days at the most.

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Old 03-03-2011, 05:43 PM   #18 
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Fish live in their toilet and that's why the water needs to be kept clean. I've heard people say they feed their betta once or twice a week and change the water like every 6 months. That's ridiculous! I've also heard people say that they won't change the water more often because they don't want to fool with it. If you don't want to "fool with it" then don't get one.
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