Originally Posted by meve
Thanks alot !
I'm new with fish so I dont really know how it should look like on her head. But tonight, its less white and getting back red like the other part of her body. There is no trace of fuzzy stuffs or blood.
What do you suggest for the water change? How do you proceed exactly? Do you put the tap water in a bowl , put the conditonner in and then put the water in the tank?
Ok. Just keep an eye on that area to make sure nothing weird or unusual is happening, usually secondary infection can happen if the water isn't clean.
For the water change, you have to make sure the temperature of the new water is the same as the temperature of the old water your betta is in. Great fluctuation in temperature can shock your betta's system, so need to pay attention to that as well. Ideally if you have a large container like the spring water bottle, put new water in there and age it by leaving it in an area with similar temp as his water.
For now, change his water twice a week at 100% water change. Not sure how detail you want regarding changing water, so forgive me if I sound long-winded or stating the obvious.
1) Wash your hands well
2) Unplug everything
3) take the cup that he came in (make sure it's clean) or those large disposable Solo transparent cup if you have and suck him in by dipping the cup at an angle into his tank. Try not to use net or hands.
4) put him aside. Remove his caves, plants, toys etc and rinse them. I usually just use my hands to rub them.
5) Depending on the type of filter you have (you need to consult your manual), if you have a filter sponge, just swish the sponge inside the tank old water to remove the crud while leaving the good bacteria. Put aside.
6) Remove yucky water from tank. Rinse tank with tap water using hands then dump out the water
7) Pour aged water into your tank, add conditioner (I personally like Seachem Prime - 2 drops per gallon), put back the filters/lights/heater, and decorate his tank again with his stuff.
8) check temperature of tank, if (+/-) a degree or two, you can put your betta back in.
I hope someone has your fluval tank can impart some advice on the most efficient way to do the change. I personally don't have filters or substrates, so it is much easier for me. But the gist is the same.
Good luck and happy betta keeping!