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Old 10-18-2009, 06:21 PM   #1 
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When and how to change water

I have a 10 gallon tank with just my one male, Blueberry and was wondering how often I should be changing the water and how you're supposed to do it?

I've been taking out like 50% of the water, just using a pitcher, once a week. Last week I took out all the water down to the gravel and then put all fresh water in. Should I be doing something different? Like do I need to take out all the gravel and plants and if so, how often?
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:26 PM   #2 
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Do you have a filter???

In my 10g tanks, I change about 30% of the water once a week, but my tanks are cycled.

I highly suggest getting a Gravel Vacuum!!! My Vacuum is my best friend. :) They are only 5-10 dollars.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:41 PM   #3 
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Oh yeah! I totally forgot to mention that! It does have a filter, but wasn't cycled I don't think? I'm really sure what that is or how you do it?

And what is a gravel vacuum?
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:42 PM   #4 
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I have a 10 gal too. I used to do about 20-30% wc, but now that my filter is clogged and I haven't been able to get media replacement, I've been doing about 50% changes a week.

Most of the water goes into bowls and buckets for holding the girls while I clean (then I dump out as much as I can before putting them back in), then I siphon out some more when I clean the bottom. I have very fine gravel, though, so I don't use a vacum. It's a huge help if you get one.
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Old 10-18-2009, 06:55 PM   #5 
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Here's a standard gravel vacuum
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...2298&lmdn=Fish

Here's one that can be manually be primed as opposed to the "suck start" method. I use one similar to this that I bought locally. It's very easy to use.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...5281&lmdn=Fish

If you're filter cartridge is clogged and you can't get a replacement, you can use a hobby knife to cut the old pad from the plastic backing. Then pick up generic pad material from your LFS and cut it to fit the cartridge. Attach with unused fishing line and you're good to go.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:31 PM   #6 
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Here is some info on cycling. http://www.fishforum.com/freshwater-...ium-cycle-252/
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:36 PM   #7 
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Is it bad I didn't do this cycling thing before putting Blueberry in?
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:53 PM   #8 
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he should be ok, just keep doing his water changes. read up on the cycle link dramaqueen added for you.
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Old 10-18-2009, 08:56 PM   #9 
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I did read it, but I was just wondering if I needed to take him out and do the cycle thing or will it be okay to not?
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You CAN cycle with the fish in the tank but the high ammonia levels would be bad for him.
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