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Old 01-13-2011, 07:37 AM   #1 
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Water Change question

I have a 1.8 gallon filtered heated tank. (bowl)

I was told when I got Bo to change 25% of his water once a week. I was told I didn't need to get anything else. (Like a water test kit. - though they had tested my water I brought in.)

I've had Bo since Tuesday. While I'm sure the 25% change is good in the long run.....shouldn't I change it more frequently at first?

There has also been some evaporation - so I am going to put some more fresh water in. (Conditioned with the Tetra BettaSafe)

Bo is acting just fine. Should I just leave well enough alone and give him some additional water, or should I try to take some water out and then add more? (In case this is not obvious, Bo is my first fish.)
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In a 1.8gal filtered tank I would make 50% twice weekly water changes to maintain water quality...with one of the water changes clean the substrate by either vacuum or stir and dip method-the other one can be water only.

Make sure the water temp is within a few degrees between new and old water to prevent temp related problems and use dechlorinator with any new water added to the tank.
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Thank you for your reply. I'll change out some of his water. I went out this morning and bought a test kit. This would be day three for Bo. Here are the results.

PH 8.0
ammonia .25 ppm
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0

(Just for giggles I tested my tap water's PH...it was 7.0 - does the water conditioner raise the PH?)
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I would go ahead and do a full test on your source water....

Since the tank is 8 and tap water 7 without the 24 hr gas out...something in your tank may be causing the pH to go up like gravel, rocks, decoration of some type

Draw a clean glass of your source water-do the pH test-write it down and wait 24h and re-test this same glass of water-write this number down-then add your dechlorinater-test the pH-write this number down and then re-test the tank pH and compare all these numbers and post them

What kind of testing product are you using-unless it is the liquid reagent type you won't get accurate number-

When you have ammonia or nitrite 0.25ppm or greater-make a water only change
Don't vacuum or clean the substrate more than every 7 days and don't touch the filter media unless it is clogged and then give it a swish/rinse in old tank water with a water change....you want to get the nitrifying bacteria needed for the nitrogen cycle to colonize and have plenty of food and oxygen.
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I would go ahead and do a full test on your source water....

Since the tank is 8 and tap water 7 without the 24 hr gas out...something in your tank may be causing the pH to go up like gravel, rocks, decoration of some type

Draw a clean glass of your source water-do the pH test-write it down and wait 24h and re-test this same glass of water-write this number down-then add your dechlorinater-test the pH-write this number down and then re-test the tank pH and compare all these numbers and post them

What kind of testing product are you using-unless it is the liquid reagent type you won't get accurate number-

When you have ammonia or nitrite 0.25ppm or greater-make a water only change
Don't vacuum or clean the substrate more than every 7 days and don't touch the filter media unless it is clogged and then give it a swish/rinse in old tank water with a water change....you want to get the nitrifying bacteria needed for the nitrogen cycle to colonize and have plenty of food and oxygen.
I picked up the API Master freshwater kit so it is the liquid type.

I'll do the water testing again and post back tomorrow.

Thank you for your help.
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