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Old 03-01-2010, 02:38 PM   #1 
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Question Tank Cleaning?

I have a 2.5 gallon tank and I'm going to get a betta. How often should I do a full clean? a 25% water change? I have a filter that will always be running.

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Old 03-01-2010, 03:02 PM   #2 
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The main factor dictating water change schedules is whether the tank is cycled or not. If it's cycled 25% water changes weekly or biweekly should be sufficient. Never do 100% W/Cs on a cycled tank because you will remove the nitrifying bacteria.

If the tank is uncycled, anthing other than a 100% water change is pretty much useless so you will want to clean the whole tank out twice a week.
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:17 PM   #3 
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So your saying that if there is cycles just do a 25% change. With out cycles 100% change?
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:22 PM   #4 
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Yeah if you don't cycle it your going to have to do 100% water changes once a week. If you want to cycle than a 25% change would be fine. Cycling a tank that little would be really fast... just look up how to do a fishless cycle or a fish in cycle (depending on which one suits you best).
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:25 PM   #5 
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I have two un cycled- unfiltered 2 gallons and an do two 100 percent changes a twice a week. But One would probably suffice.
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:26 PM   #6 
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I'm curious does the 100% water change time frame go about the same in a 2.5 as a 2g as well?
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Old 03-01-2010, 03:53 PM   #7 
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@reaperss06.... I would think so. For me anything under 5 gallons would get 2 100% changes a week (if it were uncycled)... averaging to a wc about every 5 days. Anything under 2 gallons would get a full water change every other day or everyday if it is a hospital tank.

But from what I've read it really depends on the tank. I've heard some people testing their water daily and only doing 1 full change a week on 2 and even 1 gallon bowls. For me I always go for more water changes... a better safe then sorry approach.
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Yeah I agree with 1fish2fish reapers... I had a 2.5g (cycled) and by the end of the week it looked gross, no matter what the nitrates were at!
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