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Old 01-03-2012, 08:00 AM   #1 
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Water changes?!! SO CONFUSED NOW

I've been doing full water changes in my 2 gal about every four days, wiping down and rising everything with tap water. Then I replace everything, add conditioned water, my heater, and my fish. I went to a local pet store to buy an anubias minima in addition to the wisteria in my 2 gallon tank. The guy handling my plant said that I should only do full water changes about every two weeks or so while doing 50% water changes twice a week since I have live plants in my tank to handle the ammonia. He said that when I do the 100% changes, I should keep the good bacteria in my tank by changing the water, and rinsing everything with de-clhorinated water...that's it.

I just researched water changes and I'm finding pretty different results. I know people have differing views, but I'd like to know what your routines would be if you had/have had a betta in a 2/2.5 gallon tank. I figure that I am going to do full water changes every Sunday and do one 50% change every Wednesday. Opinions?
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:51 AM   #2 
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Do you have a test kit? That's really the only way to tell if the plants are sucking up enough of the ammonia. Generally speaking however if you have a decent amount of plants you won't have to do any more 100% changes, provided the plants are actively growing and flourishing.

You can probably get away with only doing 50% changes since you have the wisteria. Slow growing plants like anubias don't take up as much ammonia as fast growing plants like wisteria.

If you don't have a filter you don't have good bacteria. That bacteria is established during a cycle, doing 100% water changes means you don't have a cycle. However, if you have enough fast growing plants you can effectively skip cycling because the plants will be doing the job that the bacteria would normally be doing.
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