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Old 05-12-2010, 02:19 PM   #1 
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New 10g tank - time to cycle?

So, I bought a 10 g tank for our 2 bettas. We are waiting for our divider to arrive so only one is in the tank so far. We've had it about a week. Now what?

I don't know how to change the water. Please share!

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Old 05-12-2010, 05:18 PM   #2 
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I don't agree with how infrequently this site recommends water changes, but the instructions give you a little bit of an idea what needs to be done.

http://www.bestfish.com/wtrchang.html
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:25 PM   #3 
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Thanks for the info. I understand most people say once a week for a 50% change. I'm scared, but I can do it I'm sure. Do you take your fish out to do the clean? What's the deal with the salt? Should I use that? What do most people prefer - chemically aging the water or naturally letting it age?

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Old 05-12-2010, 06:00 PM   #4 
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Do you take your fish out to do the clean?
You shouldn't have to. Most often it's more stressful containing the fish than it is letting him be in the tank. Using a gravel vac makes the experience a lot easier for the both of you.
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What's the deal with the salt? Should I use that?
No, you don't need to add salt to your tank. Long term exposure is damaging to your fish. Only add it when you're treating something, like fin rot.
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What do most people prefer - chemically aging the water or naturally letting it age?
Most people use conditioners. Same result, only faster.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:08 PM   #5 
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Most people use conditioners. Same result, only faster.
I agree with Kittles. Most of the fish I've kept who really NEEDED water to sit for a few days were killifishes. Unless your fish has specific needs like that, I say why wait?
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