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Old 05-06-2013, 10:46 PM   #1 
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Lightbulb Am I a bad owner?

So I've got a 2.5 gallon tank that have been used by my friend for his ghost shrimp. He has the tank for almost 2 years before he give it to me.

I've got the tank with 1-inch of small gravels and lots of cabomba (fanwort). Since I like bettas before, I decided to get one. So now, I just want to know if my maintenance is bad for my betta.

Feeding: 2 pellets in the morning, 1 pellet in the evening and a fasting once a week.
Water Change: 20% everyday or atleast 4 days a week and a 50% every saturday or sunday.

I guess my tank holds 1.5 to 2 gallons of water because of the plants and gravel in there.
I don't have a water testing kit and a filter, is my WC and the fanwort enough to get rid of ammonia?
I think since the gravel and fanwort had been in a shrimp tank for like 2 years, I guess they're already cycled.

Please inform me if I'm doing something wrong. Any comments and suggestions will be highly appreciated.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:52 PM   #2 
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A 2.5g is a great size :)

Water changes I would recommend 1 50% per week with siphoning of the gravel, can up it to 1 50% and 1 25% - but since you have live plants you don't need to do a whole lot of changes per week.

Feeding I would actually up it to 3-4 pellets 2x a day.. fasting a day is up to you, but it isn't necessary.

Water can be too sterile, so don't want to do a ton of changes, especially with live plants. As mentioned above, that amount of water change + live plants will definitely keep your water just right :)
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:58 PM   #3 
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So my tank maintenance is good? Thank you for the fast reply, I don't have a siphon right now, is there any alternative for that? Is my tank already cycled? Sorry for the questions I guess I'm somewhat still a newbie.
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How much cambomba is in it? Plants will help your water quality but not make it perfect... I would reccomend at least two 50% changes a week.

What type of pellet are you feeding him?

You never said anything about a heater... Do you have one?

The tank is not cycled... You need a filter for that.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:00 PM   #5 
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Can tell I'm tired.. I meant to ask about heater lol.. sorry!
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:05 PM   #6 
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Well there's 25 stem of cabomba in there, I feed him Betta Attison Pro. I don't have a heater, I'm from the Philippines, neighbor country of the home of our beloved betta, Thailand. When at home, you can't stand the heat without a help from an electric fan.
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Ah ok. I would reccomend a heater to keep his water at a stable temperature but he should be fine without one... Do you know the temperature of his tank?

I've never used attison pro but I know that it is a great food... I can't help you on how much to feed him though.
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I don't know the exact temperature, but whenever I'm conducting a water change, his water is quite warm when I touch it. Even when I change his water at night, the water is still warm.
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Looks good. The cabomba is likely keeping the water clean. I would actually reduced tank cleaning to 50% a week if the cabomba is doing well...
Any pictures? :)
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:51 AM   #10 
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Usually in your area people tend not to use heaters.. as long as you keep an eye on it with an internal thermometer, you should be fine :) Slow fluctuations between day/night won't hurt them - a healthy betta can withstand drop/raise by a few degrees quickly.. which also means they can stand a more gradual change. As long as the water doesn't get below 70 at night then it's all good :)
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