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Old 10-17-2011, 08:59 PM   #1 
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Water Change In Small Tank

I have my healing betta in a .8 gal tank yes I KNOW this is WAY too small, he will be going into my divided 10 gal with one other betta very soon once he's done healing, but my question is I hate dumping out all the water and reagranging the gravel and stuff during the 100% water changes so is it okay just to vaccuum it out or do I have to dump it and clean gravel etc. (of course without the fish )
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:05 PM   #2 
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If it's really just a QT, I would get rid of the gravel. It makes changing much simpler.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:08 PM   #3 
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It is but he's gonna be in there a while because his whole tail fell off and has to grow back it's half there again
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:09 PM   #4 
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but is it ok to vacuum or do i have to dump and rinse with hot water and such
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:19 PM   #5 
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In that small of a space, vacuuming seems like too much work and won't get all the nasties out. I would take the fish out, dump the water and swish it a few times until you don't see any more junk rinse out then fill back up. You don't need to use hot water unless you want to.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:43 PM   #6 
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Vacuuming would be kinda hard to do...
I say dump all the gravel out of the tank and make it bare. It's much easier that way to do water changes. .8 is also perfect for a QT/med tank. :)
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:58 PM   #7 
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Ok cool, thanks :)
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:00 PM   #8 
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^^ No problem.
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:16 PM   #9 
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So I took out the gravel and it's SOO much easier to clean!!! But.....this is probably a stupid question...... will he be sad that it's gone or anything else lol...
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Haha (oops I laughed xD). No he'll be fine. Gravel is really only something to make tanks look pretty. It won't affect him. :)
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