Originally Posted by Lisa Ann
And just one more question....when I change the water...how exactly should I do it? I've been reading up on betta care but not only do I get confused by the many ways to clean my tank, but with how exactly the equation of water change and all that....it makes sense to me just to take him out of his tank and into a small bowl with his water and "'re-do" the process of when I brought him home....correct? Idk I'm so confused and feel really stupid lol
With that size tank if you have a filter and/or live plants, you won't need to do a 100% change. You can siphon out 50% of the water using a small gravel vacuum or airline tubing like I use, then use a turkey baster or something similar to suck out the yuck at the bottom. Then you add temperature matched, conditioned water back into the tank. And voila, you have changed your water. You can do this do this 2 or 3 times a week.
If you don't have a filter or live plants, you can do a complete water change once a week and 1 or 2 50% water changes a week. Keep in mind that 100% changes can be stressful for both him and you (my female HATED them when she was in her smaller tank and would flare and try to hide, now in her 5 gallon with a filter and live plants, she happily swims around the siphon and chases the turkey baster hoping that it will drop something she can eat.)