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thought id stick this up for anyone thats not sure on how to go about this the best way. this is how i do it anyways and my fish are happy with it ;-) hope ye enjoy. ill bump up the divider tutorial also, incase anyone is making some over xmas hols and need some inspiration :)
maybe make these 2 threads sticky?

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WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE YOU START

This is the equipment i use:
kitchen sponge
net
towel
a cup (tuppa wear in my case)
water conditioner


Step1: Take note of the temperature in your tank(s)
Here in my tanks its a brown 77 F.


Step2: unplug heaters (and filter if you have one)

This is important to ensure you and your fish are safe
(and the fuses in your house too lol)

Step3: Take fish out
I net the lil buggers that i cant scoop, and carefully forward them into the cup from the net. thats super gentle and you dont have to waste time trying to scoop them and stressing them.


Step4: Off into the bath...
I wash my tanks in the bath. its spacious and for me its the handiest. dont forget the cushion for your knees! wash out the tank with the sponge, and rinse all decor. if you have gravel, swirl it with your hand in the tank and pour out the dirty water.


Step5: Add water to the clean tank
When you have your tank (and gravel) clean, add some tap water from the bath tap. i use 1/4 hot water and fill to the top with cold. in a 2.5g that will roughly give you your 77 F. check the thermometer to ensure water has same temp as old water!!! very important!!!


Step 6: Add any chemicals (WATER CONDITIONER)
When the temp is good, your tank is clean and your happy to continue, add the water conditioner. it says on the bottle how much you need to add. dont improvise or estimate lol ;-) its not healthy.
also, if you have any meds to add for your fish, do it now as its easiest to mix.
swirl all the water with your hand to ensure its well mixed and the conditioner does its job.


Step7: Add your washed decor
Just add your decor now :)
Wait for 5 min to make sure the water is fully treated and the temp is stable.

Step8: dry off the outside of your tank

as above.... with a fluffy towel. we dont want water stains lol


Step9: plug heater back in and add your fish to the tank
plug everything back in and gently let your fish back into your clean tank :-D


Step10: Sticky note!
I use sticky notes to remind me of the last water change.


Last but not least:
Clean all your used equimpent! I use antibacterial hand soap. rinse well, and its ready for your next water change.


Thats you done! Your fish will thank you with lots of these!

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Very good! Needs to be a sticky!
 

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Good job....however, a couple of things I would change and/or add

Wash hands before and after

Use diluted bleach instead of antibacterial soap to clean fish supplies if you feel the need to clean them

Make a fish cleaning bucket and label all fish related cleaning items "Fish only" and keep in the bucket to be used only on the fish

I really like your sticky note idea to remind you of the last change
 

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Also you have to make sure your temp is the same as the fish water or it could go into shock.
 

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Make a fish cleaning bucket and label all fish related cleaning items "Fish only" and keep in the bucket to be used only on the fish
Hehe, thats what I have. I use the same bucket (it's actually a kritter keeper) and use that for when I am cleaning my tank to dump water/add water, and keep all my fish things stored in it when I am not using it for water changes.

but if I had a tank smaller than a 5 gallon, I would just carry it to the sink or tub too.

and I love your sticky note idea, I am really forgetful.. I always write it down on my calendar.. which happens to be by my tank, so I always notice.
 

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Oops. Sorry about that.
 

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Great!!
One thing I'd add has to do with the heater.
With some heaters you have to wait 15 minutes from unplugging it to taking it out of the water. Just so that it doesn't get damage. Same with when putting the heater back into the tank, you have to wait for 15 minutes or so for it to acclimate.
 

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Great!!
One thing I'd add has to do with the heater.
With some heaters you have to wait 15 minutes from unplugging it to taking it out of the water. Just so that it doesn't get damage. Same with when putting the heater back into the tank, you have to wait for 15 minutes or so for it to acclimate.
thanks :)
i did hear bout that. but thats only the case if the heater stays out a long time or you out it into a tank with different water temps. in the 5min during this water change the temp of the heater hardly changes and the water temp is the same as the old water ;-)

i had a heater crack on me once when i stupidly put a warm heater into a cold tank... LOLz... :oops:
 

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Oh whoops! The fish didn't get...electrocuted, did they? D:
no no it wasnt plugged in luckily haha. i plug them in very last when all tanks are done and happy. thank god for that ha. my face was probably really funny tho! :shock: <-- like that
 

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Thank you Neelie, some very good ideas there. With some more help like yours hopefully I wont 'noob' my first Betta to death.
 

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Thank you Neelie, some very good ideas there. With some more help like yours hopefully I wont 'noob' my first Betta to death.
aw dont think that ;-) you've done quite alot right already if your on this forum my friend! :)
 

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i just got my fish skittles and today i find him making the bubbles in the last photo.
 
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