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04-22-2009, 07:27 PM
how do i change my Betta water?.i do just use tap water and let it sit for a day?

04-22-2009, 08:18 PM
Depends on who you ask. I use tap water with dechlorinator, but I believe there are others here who age their water.

04-22-2009, 08:22 PM
ok..thanks ...i was planning on fill the bowl up of water and letting it sit for a day or 2..how does that sound?

04-22-2009, 08:37 PM
I'm sure your betta will appreciate it. :D

04-22-2009, 08:48 PM
That is fine for a betta. ;)

04-22-2009, 09:08 PM
How I do it is I fill a 1G jug and I put de-clohinator in and make the water.
Now I am not fancy and lower the pH etc before cleaning the tank etc..
I pour out the Betta into a second jug.
I clean the tank.
I remove the Betta by hand from the second jug and put him back into the display tank and return him back on to the shelf.
Repeat every other weekend (in my case)

04-22-2009, 10:27 PM
I've got only one Betta at the moment but he is in a 5 gallon tank with a small Whisper filter. I just do 50% weekly water changes, add Prime, and add aquarium salt (1/2 tsp. for every gallon I change). I personally love having a filter because it makes my job easier and my Betta is more active. And I don't have to change the water as often. I would personally always use dechlorinator, unless you are sure you don't have chloramines in your tap water. Hope this helps. :)

04-22-2009, 11:23 PM
In the olden days, we could set aside our change water in an open container and the chlorine would evaporate in 24 hours. However, most water treatment plants now use chloramines because they last longer. And sometimes if they are worried about water quality, they will add more chemicals. So use a "dechlorinator" is the 11th commandment.
Most commercial bettas are not picky about pH as long as you don't go from one extreme to the other.
Most commercial bettas can handle a moderate change in temp. Just avoid extremes.

You should understand the nitrogen cycle. Read http://faq.thekrib.com/begin-cycling.html

If you have a tank larger than 2 gallons and a filter system, you should cycle the tank before you add the betta and do partial water changes once a month.

If you have containers smaller than 2 gallons without out a filter system then you should do a major water change every 7 days. Even though Bettas have lungs and breath air, the ammonia can still burn their gills and do permanent damage.

I keep most of my male bettas in 4”x4”x8”h containers (1/3 gal) with a small java fern & a red rams-horn snail. On Fridays, I cover the container opening with a 4x6 net & pour all the old water out. Then I refill the container with new water. It takes less than 15 seconds per container and I have over a hundred. (I’m done in half an hour)

I prefer to make up my new water ahead of time. The water, dechlor, salt, almond leaves, mineral & vitamin supplements all go in a 55g drum and is circulated by a small submersible pump. I let it age at least a day so that the temp is the same as all my tanks and the pH has a chance to stabilize. I really should test it before I use it. Twice in the last 10 years, I have had massive fish die offs after water changes and I attribute that to “extra” chemicals added by the water treatment plant.

When I kept a single betta on my desk at work. I kept a gallon milk jug of change water under my desk. The cleaning crew would over feed my betta on the weekend and on Monday morning I would use the jug to do a water change, refill the jug and let it age for another week. He was a fat, happy betta even though I stopped trying to breed him after he ate his eggs two times.

04-23-2009, 07:10 AM
I love having my bettas in bigger tanks with filters. My male is in a 7g with some celestial pearl danios and my female is in my 90g with my discus. Both seem to be thriving :)