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Old 10-24-2011, 01:18 AM   #2621 
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Honestly, he blows out VERY often. He'd heal up very quickly, like a week-ish. Then 2 or 3 days later he'd blow out again. I even kept him in a deco-less tank for about two weeks to confirm the blow out :(
that must be stressful. how much is blown out each time? so far im getting 20-35% loss.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:41 AM   #2622 
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10 gallon tank, unfiltered, one Betta, no other tankmates, no substrate. The fish guy at Petco (who actually seemed very knowledgeable - pulled out his phone and was showing me all of his fish like a proud parent) said to do 50% water changes once a week. I don't have a vacuum, so he said to swirl the water around (without Apsu in there!) so at least the crud at the bottom would get mixed in with the clean water so it could get dipped out, too.

Is a 50% water change weekly adequate? Do I ever need to do a 100% change?
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:57 AM   #2623 
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If you have an unfiltered tank, you need to do 100% changes. On that size...I would say maybe 2x a month, with the 50% weekly. You really should get decor for your tank...especially hiding spots.

And a filter..that way, once it cycles, you never have to do 100%'s....

I have a divided (2 bettas), cycled, heated, filtered 10G, and do weekly 25% changes.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:08 AM   #2624 
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Thank you! I do have decor in there - 3 silk plants, a fake croc skull that he loves hiding in and swimming through, and a tipped over coffee cup as a cave. I may get a filter later, just no money for it right now. I knew it wasn't as critical as a heater. Which I've had to buy twice now as the first one SUCKED and couldn't get my tank over 70 degrees. He's now at a toasty warm 80 and he's much happier.

Thanks again, Neil!
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:21 AM   #2625 
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ok....just making sure...and good for you for prioritizing... lol
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:33 AM   #2626 
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***water conditioner question***

say it says add 5ml for every 10 gallons. do i add that exact amount for every water change even though i only change say half the water. would i then add 2.5ml of conditioner???
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:03 AM   #2627 
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Try for around 3 ml of conditioner...a little more wont kill you're fish. :)
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:34 PM   #2628 
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ok so its more what i take out for the change that i add back in, thanks a bunch!! thats what i was thinking too, more is better than less!
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:42 PM   #2629 
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that must be stressful. how much is blown out each time? so far im getting 20-35% loss.
Yeah it's around 30% each time for me. It's not so bad, I just have to keep his water very clean to prevent fin rot from developing.


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10 gallon tank, unfiltered, one Betta, no other tankmates, no substrate. The fish guy at Petco (who actually seemed very knowledgeable - pulled out his phone and was showing me all of his fish like a proud parent) said to do 50% water changes once a week. I don't have a vacuum, so he said to swirl the water around (without Apsu in there!) so at least the crud at the bottom would get mixed in with the clean water so it could get dipped out, too.

Is a 50% water change weekly adequate? Do I ever need to do a 100% change?
50% a week for one betta and nothing else in an unfiltered seems excessive to me. Your best bet would be to get a testing kit and make your own schedule, haha. However, for now I would follow what Neil said, but getting a testing kit would make it much more definitive! :D


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***water conditioner question***

say it says add 5ml for every 10 gallons. do i add that exact amount for every water change even though i only change say half the water. would i then add 2.5ml of conditioner???
I always add the amount of conditioner to treat the whole tank. There is no harm in it at all. Measuring how how much you changed is just too much work. So unless you WANT to do it and save on conditioner, I just dump in the disclosed amount for my total tank volume.
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:06 PM   #2630 
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Hey guys,

is a tetra whisper air pump a good pump to buy?
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