Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-08-2010, 08:56 PM   #1 
Picassothebetta
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
How Often to Change Water?

How often are you supposed to change the water for a 5 gallon tank with one betta in it? The tank has been set up since November. I have been changing one gallon once weekly. I have been having algae issues and the woman at the pet store said I should only be changing my betta's water once every month or so, but from what I've read about alage it thrives on dirty water.

I'm very confused--lol
Picassothebetta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2010, 09:51 PM   #2 
1fish2fish
Member
 
1fish2fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
Did you cycle the tank? If you haven't you should have been doing 100% changes a week. I'm guessing you didn't and your levels of ammonia and nitrite are very high.. that will cause algae bloom. You can get live plants to help bu you also either need to do 100% changes or cycle the tank.

A cycled 5 gallon should get one 50% change a week.
1fish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2010, 10:09 PM   #3 
xxabc
Member
 
xxabc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Actually since it's been set up since Novemeber, the chances of it being cycled are pretty good, I would...assume. That's like 4 months or so, but you should test the water.

I do 50% changes twice a week (I have a cycled 5 gallon with two bettas).
If it's cycled, keep doing once a week, no less. If it's not cycled, every other day!

Take everything the LFS says with a HUGE grain of salt (lol). Oh god, once a month?? Goodness. It doesn't matter if algae thrives on dirty water, once a month is too little. Live plants will definitely help the water. Try not overfeeding, and try not having the light on too much to prevent more algae. Just clean the algae with a sponge or something, they're not hard.
xxabc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do i do a water change Ozzy Greyman Betta Fish Care 29 05-12-2009 06:00 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.