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Old 03-12-2011, 04:55 AM   #1 
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Thumbs up How often should I change Brutus and Poseidons' water?

So I have two male bettas...One is a huge male plakat (Brutus) in a 2.5 gallon, one is a new (!!!) veiltail (Poseidon) in a 1.75 gallon, both heated and they are healthy with live plants and much love.

I do a 100% water change on my 2.5 gallon every 3 days (except for two cups of the old water I cycle back in) and I do a 100% water change on my 1.75 gallon tank (except for the two cups) every other day.

Is this too often? Just right? It's very important to me that my boys have clean and healthy water. I always condition their water and once a month or so add a few granules of aquarium salt to their tanks just to insure they are de-stressed and functioning well!

Just looking to make sure I'm on the right path here. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-12-2011, 12:12 PM   #2 
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Do both these tanks have active filtration?

I'm more concerned about your need to handle them every three days than the water changes. As long as you're careful with consistency and the additives and temperature before you return them to the tank it sounds like they're probably happy little pampered fish.

If you've got powered filtration and have been doing this for a couple months you likely have a small amount of bio-filtration going on inside the filters. Bio-filtration I refer to as bacteria eating wastes into nitrate. The constant return of previous water will allow cycling to be done.

Tell us more about the tanks; brand, filter, how long they've been in use?
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They have no filters, but both tanks have live plants, and they don't seem stressed by the changes.. well the newer veiltail does a little bit, but Brutus has accepted his fate. I condition their water of course. I've had Brutus for about..2 or 3 months, Poseidon for about two weeks. The tank Poseidon is in was the one Brutus is in, so it's been used several months, as has the 2.5 gallon.
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a large portion of betta get fresh water every other day, either aged purified water or freshly treated.

The main concern is to have a reliably close exchange so that the pH, hardness, temp and salinity aren't much different.

One thing I commonly do with my hospital tanks is go ahead and make two gallons of water then cycle the first gallon through the tank followed by a drain-down and full replacement of the water while the betta is in the tank.

Given I drain it to the betta's height it's usually equivalent to a 50% change followed by a 90% change but gets their body working on coping with change to begin with.

Pouring the cup they're in back into the tank is fine and shouldn't cause a problem. If you do want to run a filter of some sort for them you can get away with a sponge over the intake of a whisper 3i.
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