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DreamEssence
11-06-2009, 05:50 PM
I have a 1.5g filtered tank with a heater, gravel, and one silk plant holding a single male betta. How often should I change the water and how much water should be changed? Any input?

rich311k
11-06-2009, 05:52 PM
Most of it every couple of days.

DreamEssence
11-06-2009, 05:59 PM
Even if it has a filter? Is once a week okay or not really?

rich311k
11-06-2009, 06:11 PM
The volume is so small I would do 75% of it twice a week at least if it were me. It will get dirty quickly.

simonyee
11-06-2009, 11:02 PM
Hi,

One of the aquarium guy said not to feed the fish too often he mention skipping a day in a feed one week.

Would that help to clear the dirty debris like waste food etc from the tank?

Thanks

MonkeyPox
11-06-2009, 11:25 PM
You should not feed more then the fish will eat in 2-3 minutes. If food is accumulating on the bottom, that is a sure sign you're feeding too much.

Skipping once a week is a common practice here. It certainly won't harm your fish.

DreamEssence
11-07-2009, 05:29 PM
Okay, well, back to my question. Are weekly 100% water changes in a 1.5g tank with a filter, harmful to the fish? Aren't 50-75% more reasonable?

Pele
11-07-2009, 06:29 PM
You should not feed more then the fish will eat in 2-3 minutes. If food is accumulating on the bottom, that is a sure sign you're feeding too much.

Skipping once a week is a common practice here. It certainly won't harm your fish.
Given the chance, a betta would eat a big mac with a super-size fry in 2 minuts. I would recomend feeding two to three pellets/bloodworms

Tetris
11-09-2009, 01:47 AM
It's best to test nitrate levels to determine when a water change is necessary.

All you're doing when you change water is removing nitrates. If you adhere to a schedule you could very well be wasting your time and stressing your fish, or allowing the nitrates to accumulate to dangerous levels.

rich311k
11-09-2009, 01:57 AM
There are more than nitrates removed. Water changes do not stress fish. They like them. Not doing enough stresses fish.

VoidParadigm
11-09-2009, 03:50 AM
IMO your tank is too small for a betta, which means if you're adamant about keeping it in there you should do the absolute maximum amount of waterchanges you're comfortable with at least once a week. He'll thank you for it.

Lady Hobbs
11-09-2009, 04:18 AM
I tend to agree with above poster here. I would get your betta a 5 gallon tank and save your gallon tank for maybe some shrimp.

Deleted User
11-09-2009, 12:06 PM
When I was keeping some of our bettas in 2.5g filtered / heated mini bows, i was changing 80% of the water 2-3x a week. I would recommend the same for your situation.

Right now, all of ours are in divided 10g aquariums (filtered / heated) and so far, so good.

Deleted User
11-09-2009, 12:07 PM
Hi,

One of the aquarium guy said not to feed the fish too often he mention skipping a day in a feed one week.

Would that help to clear the dirty debris like waste food etc from the tank?

Thanks
No. You fast the fish 1x a week to help his digestion, but he's not going to eat the old food or his poop.