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Old 10-11-2012, 09:17 AM   #1 
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Miyagi is so happy! 5 gal water change question

Miyagi was just moved to an uncycled 5 gallon heavily decorated with silk plants, 2 hidy houses and rocks...no substrate. It is heated and filtered with one live plant. How often will I need to perform water changes and what %...Hes a healthy boy and shows no sign of fin issues or what not, hes a plakat and super jumpy so I would like to keep things simple for his sake while still provide him with a safe healthy environment. Hes not the kind of fish I can catch easily or even clean around the tank easily as he nearly flops himself out of tank everytime I work in or even around the tank so any advice would be great as far as cleaning goes. He has been exploring his jungle and seems to really like it. I just had my hand in to place some sponge over the filter intake and he already seems much calmer, hoping it stays this way. I was hoping more places to hide and more space would help him to settle down, keep your fingers crossed. Oh and I dont use vaccs in his tank, I use a turkey baster if that that helps estimate the needed water changes and % :)

Its not as naturally beautiful as his previous tank with live plants and such but its still cute and if it makes him happy its worth it.




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Old 10-11-2012, 10:15 AM   #2 
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You don't have gravel, in the bottom, so you wouldn't need to do gravel vacc..water changes would be 35-50% 1x weekly, and 100% weekly as well.
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100% with a filter?
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:58 AM   #4 
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Read OFL's sticky on water changes. With a filter you do not need to be doing 100% water changes as that will disrupt your cycle and cause mini-cycles that alter stable water parameters and consequently will stress your fish.
From the sticky: 5-9gal with a filter
Weekly 50% with vacuum
Filter media needs a swish/rinse in old tank water a couple of times a month.

5-9gal with/without filter and with live plants
This can vary based on number, specie and growth state of the plants. Generally with live plants even without a filter you don't want to make 100% water changes.
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I saw the sticky but wasnt sure where he was jumpy and nervous I should alter it to smaller % more often or less bigger %?? I figured Lelei may have just missed the part about the filter in my post, I was like woah 100%! lol. Thank you both for your responses :) very helpful.
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