Originally Posted by i swim
i read it and am still confused. for my betta fish (1/2 gallon. will upgrade so dont worry) i use spring water. i have never cycled his tank. i read the sticky but it was still confusing. do you do it only once or every week? im sorry but im just really confused. is it only if u use tap water?
just use sink water. But be sure to buy a water conditioner. I personally use a water conditioner called "Prime." Put 2 drops per gallon to condition the water (make it safe for fish to swim in). You dont have to buy a fancy water or anything like that. Also, cleaning the tank is: using a gravel vac (buy one-they are cheap), theres 2 ways to start up the "sucking" ability of the gravel vac- one way i never could do so i will tell you the other, basicly the gravel vac is a long hollowed tube hooked to a thinner, longer plastic tube. You put the larger part in the water, take the thinner longer portion ( make sure to have a bucket ready) then simply suck on the end to get the vaccuum started. move the vac around the tank to...well suck up bad stuff. heres a vid...
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4_az4Yw4Ns&feature=related"]YouTube - JBL 'AquaEx' Gravel Cleaner[/ame]
shes usin a more advanced vac but you dont need this, unless you want.