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Old 02-05-2013, 11:47 AM   #1 
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Tank water change and betta stress

How do you keep betta stress to a minimum when changing the water?
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:54 AM   #2 
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what size tank? In my 2.5 I cup him slowly and he has never seemed stressed.

In my larger tanks I vacuum the gravel and suction out water without removing the fish. They seem to enjoy water changes!
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:06 PM   #3 
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Mine's in a 2.5 gallon, too.
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Old 02-05-2013, 12:36 PM   #4 
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I cup my Bettas when doing a 100% water change, the rest of the time they stay in their tanks. Each Betta is different, some stress during a water change & others don't. I try to be as effecient & quick as possible so their little world gets back to normal.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:45 PM   #5 
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Can you use Seachem Prime instead of a water conditioner/dechlorinator all together?
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:51 PM   #6 
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Prime is a water conditioner/dechlorinator.
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:54 PM   #7 
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I actually connected an airline hose to a long straw. That way I can vacuum the substrate without having to put my hands in much, and I can get to small corners. It's a slow process, but not too bad considering his home's just a 1.5g. And since I don't want to cause too much of a temp fluctuation, I also use an airline to siphon new water in, and I make sure to put the siphon tip near the heater so it can warm as it goes in the tank. Definitely a slow process. But my betta doesn't seem to mind because he hovers around the straw, "sniffing" around all the time. He's gotten used to it.
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I have a sponge filter in my 2.5 so the tank is cycled and I do a 50% water change a week with a gravel vac. My guy actually "plays" with the tube while I am doing it by swimming in circles around it.
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