How often to change water in betta tank?

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by Syclarac, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. Syclarac

    SyclaracNew MemberMember

    Messages:
    12
    Ratings:
    +0
    Experience:
    Just started
    Hi guys,
    I have 2 betta tanks now.

    Tank 1
    cycled 10 gal - ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 5
    sponge filter
    1 male betta
    3 nerite snails
    mostly fake plants

    Tank 2
    cycled 10 gal - ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 3
    sponge filter
    1 male betta
    no tank mates
    fake plants

    I used to do partial water change weekly (about 25%). But today I thought they both look really clean so I would check the water parameters before changing water. Turns out both tanks were CLEAN (the parameters above, used API liquid kit)! So I didn't do my weekly water change today. So how often do you change water in your betta tank?
     
  2. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Messages:
    33,063
    Location:
    Texas
    Ratings:
    +9,063
    Experience:
    2 years
    I'd still do weekly water changes to replenish the minerals taken up by the fish and inverts :)

    I do 30-50% weekly on my betta tank, depending on how much water comes out when I siphon the substrate.
     
  3. Eagle2018

    Eagle2018New MemberMember

    Messages:
    11
    Location:
    East Texas
    Ratings:
    +0
    Experience:
    3 years
    I have a 29 gallon sorority tank that I do at least a 25% every week and like TexasDomer said sometimes more depending on how much gets siphoned by the gravel vac.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    Syclarac

    SyclaracNew MemberMember

    Messages:
    12
    Ratings:
    +0
    Experience:
    Just started
    All right, back to weekly water change it is! Secretly hoping to hear "oh I never have to clean my betta tank", or "once a month or two is plenty" haha!
     
  5. TexasDomer

    TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Messages:
    33,063
    Location:
    Texas
    Ratings:
    +9,063
    Experience:
    2 years
    You won't get that here :)
     
  6. Aquaphobia

    AquaphobiaFishlore LegendMember

    Messages:
    21,008
    Ratings:
    +3,639
    Experience:
    2 years
    It shouldn't take more than about 15 minutes to do water changes on your tanks. I like to do them before (or during!) breakfast;)
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Syclarac

    SyclaracNew MemberMember

    Messages:
    12
    Ratings:
    +0
    Experience:
    Just started
    I know, I know! I have 3 tanks total now -a 20 gal community tank & the 2 10 gal betta tanks. Ive gotten to a good routine now so takes me around 45 min to do all 3. No biggie. :p
     
Loading...