Originally Posted by Jrf456
Someone please tell me if I'm doing anything wrong here.
- a 5 gallon tank with 5 betta females.
- four plants and a tank ornament.
- 10% water change every 5 days.
- A filter running 24/7.
- Feeding once a day.
- A tank light.
- No heater.
Is everything I'm doing okay?
Hi again Jfr... I made a reply in your other post about if you need a heater, so I won't comment on that here.
But, I believe you need a bigger tank for 5 female bettas.... more like a 10 gallon minimum.
Are the plants real or artificial? Real plants are always a good thing as they help eat up a little bit
of the bad stuff that accumulates in your tank. If they're artificial plants, you need to be careful as some fake ones can hurt your bettas. Sharp edges can snag and rip delicate fins or poke eyes, for example. Other forum members say that if you run pantyhose over the plants (or tank ornaments) and it snags, then don't use it. Real plants are better if you can do it, ditch the fake ones.
Tank ornament - be sure there are no sharp edges (see above). Also, if there are any openings, you need to be certain that if your fish try to swim through it that they won't get stuck, as I've read several accounts where bettas (who are very curious critters) get stuck... and even die... trying to swim through openings.
Water changes... 10% every 5 days is very inadequate! If your tank is not cycled, with 5 fish (again, too small for 5 fish), you need to do very frequent water changes.... I'd think something like 75% every other day minimum.... but see what others ideas are, too. If it is cycled (again, 5 bettas too much for a 5 gallon), and it's overstocked so I'd think something like 50% 3 times per week with a gravel vacuum. I may be off on my estimates for changes, so again... see what others say, but this is just what I'd do with your tank as it is....... but you REALLY need to get a bigger tank!
Filter 24/7... good. Check that the outflow of water is not too strong for your fish... If they appear to be struggling a little with the current of it, then it needs to be baffled (slow down/deflect the outflow).
Feeding once a day - my opinion is that you'd be better off feeding a couple smaller meals than just one meal. Easier on their digestive system. What do you feed and how much of it? If any is uneaten, then feed less/slower so that you don't allow it to fall to the bottom to deteriorate and pollute your tank.
Tank light... ok.
Heater.... should have that and a thermometer
to maintain a stable temp, even though you're in Florida. Florida is not always hot and you need to maintain a stable temp of around 76 to 80.
Didn't mention dechlorinator. You need to add dechlorinator to your tap water as their gills will be toast if you don't! Something like Seachem Prime is what many recommend, but there are lots out on the market.
Hope this helps a little.