Hi! How often should I clean the betta tanks?
In a 5 gallon, with no live plants, 40-50% weekly with siphoning is the recommended amount.. with live plants, depending upon type and how many, 30% is the average per week.The bigger the aquarium, the easier.
I firmly believe 5g to be a minimum for a betta, anything less, as you're seeing, is such a bother and is stressful for the fish to constantly be removed from their home for cleanings.
A planted 5g with some MTS or pond snails and your can just change out a gallon to two a week and be fine. With two, do the same but in a divided 10g (with 2-4 gallons a week).
Plants make everything better (and note the plural on plants, one will not due).
I should have been more clear when I said 'planted'. By planted I mean moderately or fully planted not just one or two plants. As an example, here is a picture of my moderately planted 20g which has 6 Serpae Tetra, 4 Emerald Cory, and a couple ghost shrimp. I do a 4g water change weakly, and maintain 0 ppm Ammonia, 0 ppm Nitrite, and <5 ppm Nitrate. I do not vacuum the gravel, at all. I'm looking at introducing some MTS to take care of any dying/decaying plant mater.In a 5 gallon, with no live plants, 40-50% weekly with siphoning is the recommended amount.. with live plants, depending upon type and how many, 30% is the average per week.
It all depends on the amount of live plants (if any).. but a 5 gallon and a 10 gallon is the same with no live plants (at 40-50% per week), and live plants will lower it the same, depending upon how many you have.
Adding snails in the mix, whether it be live planted or non live planted, you will up your water change %, depending on how many snails- the more snails you have, the more you will have to change as they create a very large bio load.
And whenever doing a 40-50% water change, on any size aquarium, it is always safer to remove the fish.
Now, in an established tank that has a certain amount of live plants, shrimps, etc you can get away with even less... but it has to be almost packed full of plants.
I'm sorry, I don't understand this. I'm not trying to "maintain" a cycle in my smaller tanks; I'd rather do frequent water changes.In a small 'aquarium' (bowl really) you have no choice since it's impossible to maintain a cycle and you are forced to do 100% changes.
I'm sorry, I don't understand this. I'm not trying to "maintain" a cycle in my smaller tanks; I'd rather do frequent water changes.
Why should a keeper scour everything every week as you have described? Nobody is that compulsive, are they?