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Old 04-28-2010, 09:09 PM   #1 
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Smile New 5.5 Gallon Tank...advice welcome. :)

Okay, so I'm a sucker and I couldnt resist upgrading.

I had a 2.5er before, which was really handy and easy to clean/maintain and now I've gone and gotten a 5.5 gallon tank...and wondering what I've gotten myself into, haha~

I can see myself calmly removing the fish, setting him aside, and proceeding to trip/dump this thing all over myself and my nice carpets.

Fortunately reading various threads on all your awesome water changing strategies has helped. ;D Here's hoping for the best.

The tank has a filter, heater, thermometer, and a nice light. :D Yay.





I tested the PH before I put him in.
I dont even know if I needed to do that, but I did it anyway...lol.

He is swimming around flaring at everything, showing all the plants who is boss. I hope he is happy and not stressed out~~ /fuss!

Any tips from you veterans would always be welcome and awesome! Thanks. <3

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Old 04-28-2010, 09:17 PM   #2 
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Looks fantastic! if you're using a filter and cycling the tank, you shouldn't really have to do 100% water changes. And for any water changes you do, just use an aquarium siphon, and siphon the water into a small bucket (or out a window, if you have a window within a few feet of the tank).
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:34 PM   #3 
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Yeah don't move the tank. I use a siphon, a Fluval one actually because I've had the Top fin one (crap, it broke right away), and a marina one which isn't bad, but the fluval one is thinner and longer and feels great in my hand. And with your filter no need for huge water changes =)
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:57 PM   #4 
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There's even no need to remove your fish from a water change. As long as there is still some where higih enough just for swimming, he should be fine. I never remove either of mine during water changes. It makes it just so much simpler.
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:06 AM   #5 
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That's a pretty fish.
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:49 AM   #6 
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Is that an orange betta?! Omgosh my favorite betta colors are yellow and orange (and white)!!! :D

Nice tank too ^_^d
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:42 AM   #7 
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Ah, wow, that's a million times easier than what I was thinking! Thank you so much!

And yes, he is a little orange dude. I am very fond of him. :)
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:39 PM   #8 
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Nice tank! Dumping it all over yourself and the carpet sounds like somethingI'd do. lol
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Old 04-29-2010, 01:59 PM   #9 
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nice fish and tank, glad you found a cleaning plan
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