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Old 08-27-2010, 05:14 PM   #1 
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Small Tank Questions...

I'm considering getting a 2.5 gallon or a smaller hex, but I have some questions..


Do I have to do 100% changes? Why not 50%? It seems like 100% would be such a hassel because you'd have to take the betta out and stress them out. D:

How do small planted tanks work? Do you still do 100% changes on them? How do you change the water with plants in em?
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:27 PM   #2 
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Do you plan on a filter or live plants? if yes, then you don't need to make 100% water changes-twice weekly 50% should do..

IMO/E-even without filter or live plants the 100% water changes can be two back to back 50% on the 2.5g-5g....leave the fish in the tank remove half the water, refill and repeat. You want to get all the mulm up in the water column however and sometimes this can be stressful and it can be easier to cup the fish for the water changes.

But you would want to make at least a true 100% and cleaning everything with warm water monthly when you don't have a filter or live plants in a 2.5-5g tank
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Old 08-27-2010, 05:35 PM   #3 
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Phoxly, I actually have a similar question, hope you don't mind if I temporarily hijack your thread?

I've got a 2 gallon that has some hornwort in it and will eventually have javamoss as well. When I get a betta for it, would 3 50% water changes a week be good enough?
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What is "mulm"?

I kinda wanna do a low maintenance 2.5 gallon heavily planted with soil and everything, and have it look very unique and natural. :D
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Mulm is fish waste and other organic detritus that collects on the bottom of the tank from plants, food, waste...etc......

IMO/E adding live plants can help keep the water quality better, however, regular weekly water changes are still needed unless you have lots of plants in low stocked tanks-its still a closed system
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Old 08-28-2010, 03:07 PM   #6 
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I do daily 10% water changes and a 50% every week for the 2.5 gallon. Of course I also have a filter and an anubias, so the water is always clean :)
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Old 08-28-2010, 03:16 PM   #7 
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So if I heavily planted, should I to changes on a case by case basis, like testing ammonia every other day?
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Ammonia is not the problem in heavily planted tanks. What water changes do is physically remove the nitrate-laden water.
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Old 08-28-2010, 03:26 PM   #9 
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Well in a small 2.5 gallon, there shouldn't be nitrates cause it doesn't ever cycle.. right? D:
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Oops!! I thought your tank was cycled LOL! But a 2.5 could be cycled I think...
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