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Old 05-08-2011, 09:07 AM   #1 
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How often do you water change?

I have a 1 gallon or so and I am told to do it once a day :/.
With my old Betta, he lived a long time and we did weekly changes.

So tell me :)
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:28 AM   #2 
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In my .5 gallon (QT tank), whenever there is a betta in it I do 100% daily water changes.
In my 1.5 gallon every second or third day I do a 50% water change and at the end of the week I do a 100% water change.
In my filtered 3 gallon I do 50% in the middle of the week and 50% at the end of the week.
In my filtered & cycled 5 gallon I do 50% at the end of the week.
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:45 AM   #3 
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In my 1 gallon I do 100% changes ever 2-3 days. I try for every 2 days. When he was in a half gallon I did a 100% change every day (but sometimes, with life, he had to go two days).
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:07 AM   #4 
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In my 1 gallon it was an everday thing. It had to be. The film on the top, the cloudiness in the bowl, the way my fish got less active, it was something that I couldn't ignore. You'll notice a considerate bit of personality change in your fish friend from the build up of ammonia. Seriously it tool me 10 minutes to clean everythinin the bowl and fill it back up. I think you can donate that much of your time for your fish's well being.

In my 2 gallon, also daily water changes.

Now in the 2.5 gallons I do 50%, skip a day, 100%, skip a day, 50%, skip a day, etc. Water is always crystal clear and always have super happy fish.

My 5 gallon I do about 80% weekly and clean fully every 2 weeks.

The 20 gallon was 50% weekly. Cleaned the plants every so often. That was it.

Good luck!!
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:51 PM   #5 
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i have a 2 gallon, i do 100% once a week, plus one or two 50% changes in between.

if you upped your tank size, you'd probably have to do less changes.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:12 PM   #6 
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In my 5 gallon cycled I barely have to clean it for the record... It's definitely WAY less upkeep compared to the 2.5s...

Timed myself today. To do BOTH my 2.5s it was 10 minutes total.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:36 PM   #7 
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1 Gallon with filter, every week and half
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:57 PM   #8 
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1 Gallon with filter, every week and half
REALLY???? I have two 2 gals. with filters & do water changes twice a week!

And anything under 2 gals. (I have a couple 1 3/4 gals.), I clean THREE times a week even though they have filters.

Heck, even my filtered 5 gal. tanks get water changes twice a week!
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Old 05-08-2011, 07:41 PM   #9 
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REALLY???? I have two 2 gals. with filters & do water changes twice a week!

And anything under 2 gals. (I have a couple 1 3/4 gals.), I clean THREE times a week even though they have filters.

Heck, even my filtered 5 gal. tanks get water changes twice a week!
yup every week and half i do a full water change and clean out on his 1 gallon, been doing it that way since i got him which has been almost a month n a half ago and so far so good eating well, swimming well, making huge bubble nest. I keep his water @ 80 degree constantly too. Again this probably what just works with my fish might be different for others

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In my 1 gallon it was an everday thing. It had to be. The film on the top, the cloudiness in the bowl, the way my fish got less active, it was something that I couldn't ignore. You'll notice a considerate bit of personality change in your fish friend from the build up of ammonia. Seriously it tool me 10 minutes to clean everythinin the bowl and fill it back up. I think you can donate that much of your time for your fish's well being.
In my opinion it depends on the fish. I've had some very messy bettas and some very clean ones. This particular fish is NOT a messy fish. There is no film on top, the water doesn't get cloudy, and there is no change in his activity level. A messy fish in a 1 gallon I would certainly clean the tank every day, and if the ammonia levels with this one started to build up like crazy I would do it once a day, but they don't, so I do it every 2-3 days :)
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