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Old 04-10-2011, 04:24 PM   #1 
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5 Gallon Conditioning??

I'm about to get a new 5 gallon tank. I've never done the whole "partial" water changes thing. I've always just done full with the 1 gallon, unfiltered tanks that I've had. When I'm only doing the 25-50% water change in this new tank, do I still take the fish out? If not, is it really safe for me to put the water conditioner right in the water, if the fish is still inside?
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:41 PM   #2 
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my little sven loves to "help" when I'm doing his water changes by trying to eat the stuff getting sucked up by the gravel vacuum, lol. I usually just fill up a couple water jugs and put the conditioner in there, then pour gently pour it in. he helps during that part too by playing under the stream of water, lol
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:53 PM   #3 
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I'm about to get a new 5 gallon tank. I've never done the whole "partial" water changes thing. I've always just done full with the 1 gallon, unfiltered tanks that I've had. When I'm only doing the 25-50% water change in this new tank, do I still take the fish out? If not, is it really safe for me to put the water conditioner right in the water, if the fish is still inside?
If youre doing the 25%, then no. Take care to not suck the fish up if you have a siphon, though. Add back water that already has conditioner in it and that is the same temp as the tank's water.

50% changes are trickier, and I suggest you take him out unless he has at least 4inches of water to swim in. Taking him out will be the safest bet, though. To reacclimate when taken out:

Take out of the tank with its cup, with the old water in the cup.
Change the water, add back the new water with conditioner.
Bob the fish in the cup for 5 minutes, addint a tsp-tbsp of new tank water in every 5 minutes. Do this for at least 15 minutes.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:37 PM   #4 
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My goldfish love water changes. I syphon out the old water then add in the new water. They love to play in the turbulence of the new water coming in.

One thing to be sure of when doing a water change, do NOT let your filter run dry. Either unplug it/turn it off or don't lower the water level below the filter intake.

If you opt to turn it off and it drains, not a problem, just make sure to refill the filter with water before you switch it on again.
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I've got a five gallon, too. i change out two gallons every weekend. I've gotten in the habit of taking Brooke out each time, cupping her out after I remove the filter in the center of the tank. (Fluval Chi)

Someone on the forum suggested giving their cupped fish a couple of bloodworms to keep them busy while the tank is being cleaned. I do that and Brooke is just fine in her cup.

I remove all my decorations and do a good vacume with the siphon. Add back spring water from two jugs. Add a few drops of water clarifier and a pinch of aquarium salt. And add Brooke back in slowly. The old water and new water are the same room temperature.

So far, this process is working just great!
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