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Old 07-30-2008, 10:28 AM   #1 
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Hi, I'm fairly new to the forum. I have a question about water changes. I'm having my house remodeled and its a mess right now and will be for a few days. Everything got dusty when our tile got laid and I would like to change my fishes' water. My fish (4 of them) are each in 1 gallon bowls and I can't really do my normal cleaning routine for a few days yet. Would it hurt to do a partial change on each of them? Thank you.
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Old 07-30-2008, 12:38 PM   #2 
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Do you mean a partial change instead of a full one? If so, then I would say a partial change is better than none at all, and certainly can't hurt. Good luck with the remodeling :) !
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Yes, just a partial change. I can't get to my kitchen sink right now. That was my thinking too,that a partial change is better than none at all. I'm afraid dust may have gotten into the water. The water looks ok and I'm keeping an eye on my fish. They are going to a neighbor's tomorrow while the carpet get put down. Thanks Kim, for your advice.
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:52 PM   #4 
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any regular water change is good!
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:13 PM   #5 
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Generally partial water changes are considered better than 100% changes, as it shocks the fish less.

It's very important to keep water free of things like dust. For bettas especially, as they breath atmospheric air. If there is a film on top of the water which prevents them from surfacing properly, they can end up suffocating.
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If I start doing partial water changes regularly, instead of full changes every week,what do I do about the build-up of fish waste? Would picking it up with a turkey baster help?
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Old 07-31-2008, 08:35 PM   #7 
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Turkey baster or one of the smaller, more narrow gravel vacs.
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Thanks for the advice.
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:44 PM   #9 
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I always do partial water changes. i rotate between 25% and 50% every 4 days for my 2 gallon tank.
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