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Old 04-17-2012, 10:49 AM   #1 
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question about changing water

Got a newbie question here, I'm trying to do as much research as possible before getting a betta. I understand the half-drain, where you drain your tank halfway and then fill it back up, conditioning the water, but where do you put your betta when you do a full drain and tank cleaning? Can you put your betta back in the tank as soon as you've refilled it and conditioned it? Doesn't it take a while after conditioning the water for it to 'stabilize' ? Any info/help would be greatly appreciated
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:06 AM   #2 
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I put my Betta in the cup I got him in from the pet store. Its good because it already has the lid and pre-made holes. Try to match the temperature of the new water with the temp of the old water, and once you've refilled the tank with the new water, float the cup in the water for 30 mins to acclimate him to the new water temp. And always remember to condition the water, obviously.

It would be best if you treated the new water the night before changing it and let it sit at room temperature.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:24 PM   #3 
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I do this the same way. But I keep a few gallons of Treated water at all times in my fish room. This makes water changes easier, and less of a hassle. You should treat the water 24hrs before you do a water change. Gives the conditioner time to do its job and will allow the water to warm to room temperature. As the above poster said, acclimate him/her before introducing them to the water.
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It would be best if you treated the new water the night before changing it and let it sit at room temperature.
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You should treat the water 24hrs before you do a water change. Gives the conditioner time to do its job and will allow the water to warm to room temperature.
What you two have said on how to do the water change is all perfectly correct, apart from this bit.

Firstly, room temperature is too cold - you want the water to be as close to tank temperature as possible, which is easier when you are getting from the tank. Letting it sit is just going to cool it down.

Secondly, water conditioners work straight away, or within a few minutes at worst. Time was people didn't have dechlorinator and let the water sit out for 24 hours to allow it to evaporate, but we don't need to do that anymore (nor is it advisable, as chloramine doesn't evaporate during that period).

So, when you get the water from the tap into your bucket, try to get it as close to 80F as possible, then add the water conditioner, then go about acclimatising your betta as Aaamborghini and Beall said. :)
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