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Old 06-01-2009, 03:25 AM   #1 
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I have a 1.5 gallon tank set up for my fish and I would like to know when to do water changes. I have a filter, so about when and how much water should I remove? Also, do I have to take the fish out when doing this?? Another question...I just tested my water and everything was right except for the hardness. Is there anything I can use to make the water softer, or does that not affect bettas? Thanks, sorry for asking alot of questions, I just want my betta to be healthy!
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:43 AM   #2 
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I would do a full change on a 1.5 tank once a week. The filter will help keep the water cleaner but really isn't necessary in a small tank. You could do 2 partial changes a week and 1 full change once a month and in between full changes, remove waste and debris with a turkey baster. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:10 AM   #3 
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My water is hard and the ph high and my betta does just fine. I would just be sure to acclimate him slowly when first introducing him and it should be just fine.

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Old 06-01-2009, 06:45 PM   #4 
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Thanks, oh no, lol. He's an orange winged :)
And when doing the water changes, doesn't moving the betta cause stress and could possibly kill it, or he will he just get used to it?
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:15 PM   #5 
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As long as he is acclimated,properly, moving shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:23 PM   #6 
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About acclimating him, lol. What would be the best way to do it? Should I just let the cup float for about an hour, or is there a better way?
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:27 PM   #7 
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To be honest, I have never acclimated mine. I usually let the fish sit in the cup for awhile until the water in it and my tank get to be about the same temperature.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:31 PM   #8 
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Oh, ok. Yeah, I think I'll just do it that way. I mean, as long as the temps are both the same, there should be less of a strain on him.
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Yes, I think so too.
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