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Old 10-17-2010, 12:26 PM   #1 
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Question Acclimate After Partial Water Change?

Is there a method for reintroducing a betta into his tank after a partial water change? I ask because I imagine the water will be slightly cooler before the heater has a change to catch up. I've let the water sit out, so it's room temperature, but room temperature in New England these days is a wee bit nippy.
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:57 PM   #2 
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I usually let some tap water sit for 24 hrs to let it acclimatise to the room temperature.
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:09 PM   #3 
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You should re-read what Caliban posted sunny :P

If you're worried about your betta going into shock, just float the cup in the tank and go about it like a normal acclimation. (That's assuming you got your betta in a cup, or have a cup on hand) Slowly adding in some water then letting him go into the tank :) What size tank do you have? Do you use a water conditioner?

With my ten gallon tank, I try and match the water from the faucet and the tank, then condition it, then add it. I don't re-acclimate my bettas. But I suppose if you have a smaller tank than that, the temperature difference would be much more noticeable.

This reminds me, I've gotta do a water change :P
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:15 PM   #4 
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I leave the fish in the tank when I do partial water changes.
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Old 10-17-2010, 01:50 PM   #5 
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I have a 10 gallon tank, the details are here: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=53511

I bought a couple 5 gallon buckets new to help me with water changes. I filled one of them up and I'm letting it sit, treating it w/ dechlorinator and also w/ pH down, because my tap water is very, very high. It's been sitting for several days, which I am hoping will help if the pH down causes the water to freak out. I bought a small critter keeper for him to swim around in while I vac out the water, so it can't float. I was thinking that maybe slowly introducing the new tank water into the critter keeper before putting him back in his tank might help.
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:01 PM   #6 
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Yeah, that will work :)
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:12 PM   #7 
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You should re-read what Caliban posted sunny :P

This reminds me, I've gotta do a water change :P
Oops, sorry I think too much work and study have caught up with me, and I'm not reading properly!
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You're telling me, I've been at work almost 12 hrs, started at 4am, and I've been researching goldfish so much my brain hurts.
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I really don't know how, sorry. I just put mine back in
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:17 PM   #10 
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Thanks, everybody, this was very helpful. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something critical. I've never actually cleaned a fish tank before, so this first time is going to be an adventure. Do you usually remove everything to vaccuum the gravel or do you leave ornaments and stuff in?
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