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Old 06-25-2012, 01:25 PM   #1 
Leonardo DaFINci
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Question Maintenance for a 5 Gallon?

How many times should i do water changes, and what percentage of the water should i change? How about a full cleaning of the tank, how often? I have a filtered 5 gallon, with lots of live plants. Heres an old picture of the tank, before some of the plants started to grow!

also right now my betta has a slight case of fin rot, so im doing 25% daily water changes. is that alright? (i also added some aquarium salt. What kind of improvement am i looking for?)

Any advice welcome :) thanks!!!
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:05 PM   #2 
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In a 5gal filtered tank with a few live plants....Water changes of 50% weekly with vacuum in all areas you can reach without moving anything or disruption of plant roots should maintain water quality.

Filter media needs a swish/rinse in the bucket of old tank water a couple of times a month to maintain water flow...

If you are using any ferts for the plants-schedule water changes between dosing to remove any unused/unneeded ferts before you dose-this is to help prevent algae issues...

When treating-its best to treat in a small container using premixed treatment water-this gives you more control to provide proper dose and ease of observation-also, some plants do not tolerate salt.

Often the best medication/treatment- is fresh, like temp dechlornated water form water changes, good nutrition and patience.

You also need to find out the cause and fix that....
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