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Old 03-29-2011, 01:56 AM   #1 
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Cleaning a 3 gallon tank.

I have a CT male betta in a 3 gallon tank. I was wondering what is the proper way to clean it?

I currently change 15% of the water every week and once every other month I change 90% of the water.
+ I add a tiny bit of aquarium salt.

Does this sound ok?
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:11 AM   #2 
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You definitely want to do more frequent water changes. Check out: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=20058

According to this, based on your size of tank, you should do 50% changes twice a week. Do you have a filter in your tank? If so you may be able to get away with 50% once a week. The changes may also need to be more frequent if your treating an illness and or using salt. Infrequent changes cause your fish to swim in increased levels of its own pee and poop which isn't very healthy. Also you didn't mention if you're testing your water (Ph, ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, might be something else?) or if so what it's levels are. You may be surprised what the levels (unhealthy) may be with infrequent changes. This is my suggestion based on the above post. Other more experienced users may have their own ideas or recommendations.Good luck!
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:37 AM   #3 
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Oh and you may also want to get a vacuum to help clean the substrate (if you have it) of poop and other contaminants.

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Old 03-29-2011, 09:06 AM   #4 
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I just got a 3 gallon last week and so far i've done 2 25% changes and tonight i plan to do a 100% change as i'm moving the tank. plus my tank has a filter.

I would second the rec for a gravel vacuum, they're pretty hard to figure out (well at least mine was, i got water everywhere!) but my fish seemed to enjoy giving me a heart attack by swimming around after the vacuum. Plus mine seemed to pull quite a bit of dirt etc out of the gravel.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:53 PM   #5 
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in my 2.5 gallon tanks I just do50/100% changes its pretty pointless to do 25% since it changes such a small amount of water but I do a 50 on wed and a 100 on the weekend that way every weekend the gravel gets a good rinse to
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:26 PM   #6 
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Does the 3 gallon have a filter?
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:27 PM   #7 
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Also, I wouldn't use the aquarium salt long term..Not unless he is showing signs of being sick. On a filtered 3 gallon I would do 1 50% water change with gravel vacuum. Unfiltered I would do 1 50% and then 1 100% weekly.

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Old 03-29-2011, 02:29 PM   #8 
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Also, I wouldn't use the aquarium salt long term..Not unless he is showing signs of being sick. On a filtered 3 gallon I would do 1 50% water change with gravel vacuum. Unfiltered I would do 1 50% and then 1 100% weekly.
I used to do one 50% a week on my 3 gals. and the bettas lived quite some time. BUT - I now do two 50% cleanings on all my 5 gals. & under. I really think the fish do better with the two cleanings a week - but that's just me.

And, yes, they are all filtered. :)

On an unfiltered - one 50% & one 100% a week is my understanding.
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Old 03-29-2011, 04:48 PM   #9 
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I wouldn't put in aquarium salt weekly. or did you mean monthly??
(you didn't say it so im just making sure) do you use water conditioner??
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:39 PM   #10 
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My 3 gallon tank does have a filter.
I put salt in every other month (every other 100% water change)

Any other suggestions ?
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