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Old 07-26-2011, 12:32 PM   #1 
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Changing the water in a 1 gal tank?

I've only had my betta for a few days, so I haven't attempted to change his water yet. I know that I should be cleaning it at least twice a week, and I've been told that I need to do one 50% change and one 100% change. I'm thinking that I'm going to do a 50% change on Wednesdays and a 100% change on Sundays. Is that enough?

Also, I was wondering how to change 50% of the water in a 1 gallon tank. Do you just pour out about half of it? I've read about siphoning water from the bottom, since that's where all the nasty stuff goes, but I don't know how well that would work with a 1 gallon tank.
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That is what I recommend based on experiments I have conducted....

1gal unfiltered without live plants....twice weekly...1-50% and 1-100%

The first water change (50%) needs to start on or about day 3 of set up....

Water only-I would use a clean plastic cup to dip half the water out......

Be sure and try to keep the water temp fairly close in temp between new and old water...it doesn't have to be exact......you just don't want it to be extreme or more that 15-20 degrees

Dose the dechlorinator for the full volume of the tank with partial water changes as a general rule.......
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Thank you! His first water change is tomorrow. :)
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