Water Changes With Betta And Shrimp

  1. Simon711 Member Member

    Hello Everyone! I currently have a 3.5 gallon tank that is heated, filtered, and cycled. it currently houses 1 male betta, 2 ghost shrimp, and it will soon get 6 more Dream Blue Velvet Shrimp! I was doing before when I only had my betta in the tank 1 20% water change once a week with prime and adding seed (beneficial bacteria). Now that I have these shrimp in the tank do I do the same amount of water changes? I know that shrimp are much more sensitive to water changes than a betta is so I wanted to ask you guys about this. Thank you in advance!
  2. BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

    Yeah that should be fine. I have a betta and shrimp in a 5 gallon and I do 40-60% water changes twice a week.

  3. Caitlin86 Well Known Member Member

    As long as temp and pH r matched water changes r extremely beneficial.
  4. Simon711 Member Member

    I always make sure the temps are matched.

  5. Stephen Hiatt Well Known Member Member

    You can keep your current wc schedule (as long as it's a good one).

    A quick tip now that you're starting to keep shrimp; put an old sock over your siphon so it doesn't suck up shrimp.
  6. Simon711 Member Member

    I already have pantyhose over my intake:)
  7. -Mak- Well Known Member Member

    Ph, temp, and preferably TDS should be matched, and that will lessen chances of problems with the shrimp.