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Old 04-01-2011, 02:16 PM   #1 
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how often should i change it?

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so, my schedual has always been, one water change a day. >.> it's mostly because i only have 1, 2, and 3 gallons tanks, so i'm doing at least one water change every day. i don't mind, though. :3

but, i decided to try out the filter in Caroline's 1.5 gallon, and she seems to enjoy it. she's alot more active than she was before i put it in(not that she was inactive, or anything! she's just swimming around alot more!). but, i don't know how often i should change the water in her tank now. .___. here's some info you might need to help me with this:

it's 1.5 gallons
has the Tetra Whisper 3i filter running
has a small ball of Java Moss in it(she tried to eat a strand when i first put the filter in! xDc so cute!)
has pretty green rocks instead of gravel(might try out natural looking river rock things, to go with the natural fake plants)
i don't have a gravel vac. >3>
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:40 PM   #2 
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Based on an experiment I conducted some time ago I found that water changes....

On unfiltered tanks 1gal-4gal of twice weekly....1-50% and 1-100% would maintain water quality.

On filtered tanks 1-4gal twice weekly 50%...1-50% water only and 1-50% to include substrate cleaning by vacuum or stir and dip method would maintain water quality
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:12 PM   #3 
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thank you so much, OFL! <3 it's about time for her partial water change, then. :3 i'm glad i put the filter in Caroline's tank! she loves it, and is way more active. if i had taller tanks for the others, i'd give THEM filters, too. o3o except, maybe, Cup. o.o i'd be too scared his fins would get sucked into it!
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:17 PM   #4 
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If you decide to put them in your other tanks, I have used a fluval intake sponge that fits perfectly around the intake so their pretty long fins don't get sucked up. They have them at petsmart for $2.99 or amazon has a 3 pack for about $6 I think. I have one on all of my betta tanks.
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Old 04-02-2011, 03:33 AM   #5 
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I have the fluval pre filters too, it helps with biological filtration a bit if you cycle
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