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Old 10-16-2011, 10:33 AM   #21 
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i change the water every week, and his tank is 20l approx with no filter
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Old 10-16-2011, 10:49 AM   #22 
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A 5 gal with no filter, should be doing 2 50% water changes per week.. one with just water, one with siphoning the substrate with 1-2 100% a month.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:10 AM   #23 
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huh... i just do 100% every week, cleaning the gravel and everything.

this is the type of tank he is in.
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:13 AM   #24 
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That would be a .5 gal tank. We really encourage bigger tanks for happy boys.
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:09 PM   #25 
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Ohh I thought you meant 5 gallon.. a half gallon is rather small, so I would suggest definitely doing 2 50% and 1 100% each week. (A 1 gallon alone need 1 50% and 1 100% per week)
He may of gotten SBD from too much food, not acclimating him properly to the water during the changes, etc. A tank that small you really have to be careful with the care in the water and food intake/outtake.
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Old 10-16-2011, 03:05 PM   #26 
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I have that same tank but in white, for quarantine purposes. A larger tank is needed for sure. I think your parents need to learn that when they provide a special needs child (or any child) with a pet, they need to take responsibility for the pet when a child cannot or has grown tired of the pet. Maybe you could make up a a few printed pages on general Carr and supplies for them to have on hand?

And yes, at least a 50% change and a 100% change once a week. Maybe your parents could take out 50% of the water while you're not there and replace it with treated water you leave them in a container?? It would be room temp and ready to add. I do this for my fiance when I leave the house for a few days.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:29 PM   #27 
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Well we can't exactly get huge tanks set up with every single supply because we have to put bills and food before those things.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:16 PM   #28 
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A 2 gal kritter keeper at Petco is $8, which I am pretty sure is cheaper then that half gallon... a heater for it is $12. I'm sorry.. I know it's hard to say no, but if you can't properly house an animal, should wait until you can. Now you have it, so I hope you can figure something out to make the fish's life better and healthier.
Keep him in the half gallon, just make sure the water is changed more often. Also keep in mind it may decrease his life span.
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:45 PM   #29 
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I will try :) well he is better now so let's just be happy
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