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Old 11-16-2009, 11:54 AM   #1 
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How often to change a 4.5 gallon tank?



So Master Betta is all set up and very happy! How often should I clean his tank? I do have one of those vacuum hose things to suck to doo doo out of the rocks. Should I do 100% changes, 50% 25%? How often? Thanks!
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:33 PM   #2 
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It depends on whether it is cycled or uncycled. Since you already have yourself a gravel vacuum, cycling it will probably be easier, but you will need a filter for that.

You can read all about the process and come to your own decision here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...ium-cycle-252/
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:39 PM   #3 
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Rather not get a filter.
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Then you'll want to do 100% W/C about every 6 days. Be sure to clean the gravel well and match the temperature of the new water before refilling. In a 'cycled' tank, nitrifying bacteria reduce a toxin in fish waste called ammonia to a far less harmful compound which only requires weekly 25% changes to manage.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:54 PM   #5 
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Maybe its worth getting a filter then. What would you recommend?
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:04 PM   #6 
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The only issue you'd have with a filter is a round bowl and a rectangular filter don't mix.
I think it would be easier to do 100% PWCs once a week.
I do 75% PWCS twice a week along with scrubbing all the ornaments in my negative 1 gallon critter keeper that Theodore is in. I'll actually be preforming one tonight.
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Old 11-16-2009, 02:12 PM   #7 
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I think it's Lee's that makes a round undergravel filter for fish bowls. For your purposes this should be absolutely fine. Here's a pic: Lee's 2 Gallon Fish Bowl Filter

Oops1 You'll need an air pump for this setup as well. Anything rated for 5 gallons should do. Shouldn't cost more than $15, probably far less.

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That bowl filter is pretty radd....(:
Anywho, I don't think it needs an air pump due to the labrynth organ Bettas have.
It will do nothing but corrupt the surface of the water.
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:58 PM   #9 
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Undergravel filters use air pumps to work.
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