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Old 10-13-2010, 10:34 AM   #1 
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Water Changes

I have read the General Betta care but i find myself outside the normal situations stated. I have a 1.5 gallon tank, i regret to keep a betta in such a small tank but space is limited in dorms, the tank has a heater and filter. Due to the size it is suggested i do larger water changes but i do have a fully functioning filters with filter pad. How often and how large should water changes be? I am currently cycling to prevent having to do large changes.
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Old 10-13-2010, 11:38 AM   #2 
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I would do twice weekly 50% water changes in a 1.5g filtered tank-with one of the twice weekly water changes include the substrate to get some of the waste out unless you have live plants.

I found it easier to use the stir and dip method with the Betta in the tank with my smaller tanks-I unplug the heater and filter-give the substrate a stir to get the mulm/waste up in the water column and dip half the water out-refill with like temp dechlorinated water and plug the heater and filter back in. The water clears in an hour or two-I monitor the temp for several hours with my non-adjustable heater.
I give the filter media a swish/rinse in old tank water 1-2 times a month and when the water flow slows to get the big pieces of gunk off to maintain water flow.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:14 PM   #3 
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So just to confirm. 50% Water Changes, twice per week. 1 of these changes i clean out the gravel a bit? The water that i will add will be sitting at room temperature, how long do you think i should give my heater to heat that water back up to the tanks normal temp? Can i treat tap water in 1 gallon jugs and store them for a while?
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:18 PM   #4 
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Since i am currently cycling, should i NOT do water changes until that is complete? Is it ok to use frozen blood worms as my cycle ammonia source?
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:03 PM   #5 
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If you don't have a fish in the tank, you can use a piece of cocktail shrimp in a tea bag--it may be a bit less messy than blood worms. In a tank this small, I would probably opt for a sponge filter and extra gravel to give the bacteria more surfaces to cling to. Live plants will also help you immensely--I highly recommend getting some easy live plants, particularly java moss, java fern, and anubias. These are very forgiving plants that flourish in low light.

Do you have a liquid master test kit yet?

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Old 10-13-2010, 01:06 PM   #6 
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In a 1.5g filtered tank-the nitrogen cycle is moot due to the number of water changes needed to maintain water quality for fish health and fins, with that said-the tank will cycle with the fish in the tank with the water changes as posted in about 4-8 weeks and this will give you wiggle room for when life happens and you need to miss a water change...but not many...it will crash and you can see health problems and fins issues as the ammonia, nitrates and DOC rise and build up.
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:07 PM   #7 
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I'll be sure to add some extra gravel. What about water changes while i cycle for the next 2 weeks? Can i store water in jugs for a while since they've already been treated?
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