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Old 09-17-2011, 06:07 PM   #41 
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whats your process for a 100% water change? what do you do with the fish while you go through the process?
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:22 PM   #42 
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My process is I cup Ghost in the cup he came in from Petsmart. Then I use my gravel filter syphon thing and syphon all the water out into a bucket in which I place his plant and his filter. Then if I am doing a complete cleanup I take all the gravel and puor into a colander same with the marbles I have in my tank alsI then take a paer towel and clean off any algae that may be on the tank, I then rinse, rinse and rinse the tank with hot, hot water. Then I take some white vinegar and pour it over the gravel and marbles, I then rinse, rinse, rinse alot, in as hot of water as I can stand while I stir the gravel and marbles up.

Then I put the aquarium tank back on it's table. Place gravel and marbles back in the tank. Place plant back in it's corner. Then I place a smallish plate on the bottom of the tank, This help to keep the water from moving the gravel , marbles and plant. I then fill with my preconditioned water...I use Seachem Prime. I fill to about one inch from top of tank I then take the bio bag from my filter and swish it aeound in the water I removed from the tank and then I place back in filter then put the filter back into tank also the heater. Then I float Ghost for maybe a half hour or so in his cup in the cleaned tank, then release him, The happy part for him, He hates his cup.

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Old 09-17-2011, 06:46 PM   #43 
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Thanks very much that helps a lot, you have no clue, i keep stopping by garage sales to see if i can find a five or so gallon tank
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:51 PM   #44 
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You might try Petco as sometimes they have these fabulous tank sales last week they price them at if I remember it right $1 pergallon. Also Petsmart has some less expensive Top Fin tanks. I got a ten gallon tank there not to long ago for like $25 and came with hood and filter.....Check Craig's list too and Free Cylce
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:54 PM   #45 
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What is free cycle? are you saying petco can 5 gallon tanks for $5?
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:03 PM   #46 
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Google Freecycle It's USA wide and run thru yahoo groups. Everything is free but requires pickup...

I'm not sure that they include 5 gallon tanks but a 5 gallon tank at Petco is under $15
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:46 PM   #47 
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My bettas each happily live in 2.5 gallons. The minibow tank is what I use... it comes with a filter!
Its been record-breaking heat this summer (where I live, its been the hottest summer we've ever had!!) I can't keep the light on because it overheats the tank, and I don't need a heater either.
Make sure to buy a thermometer. Don't feed your fish too much... mine get flakes in the morning and three pellets at night.
I clean my tanks 50% each week and 100% every month. When I'm cleaning their tanks, I put them in 1/2 gallons. XD
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Old 09-17-2011, 07:49 PM   #48 
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Kestral can you post a picture of Dante That red white and cold sounds gorgeous
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:41 PM   #49 
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Sorry about your little guy, Beta.. :(
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Old 09-17-2011, 09:06 PM   #50 
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Teasell, was just reading through what u said again, noticed you sai that u scoop ghost out with cup, is there a reason you dont use a net and doesnt the volume of your arm overflow the tank?
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