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Black Lotus 02-04-2008 10:32 PM

Should I siphon a 1 gallon bowl?
Good idea, bad idea...
I have a betta in a 1 gallon bowl and another in a 2.5 gallon tank (freshwater setup), which I do a 100% water change per week. I was thinking of changing to doing 66% water changes twice a week via siphoning, and then doing a 100% water change once a month to clean everything out.
Neither have filters nor CO units.
I have umbrella plants in both tanks.
They receive indirect natural light and only a couple of hours of fluorescent lighting per day.
I interchange feeding them bloodworms (1 a day, and I make sure they eat it) and brine shrimp, both freeze-dried.
I had been using bottle water for them, but now I'm switching to tap water that has been filtered using a britta system, and has been allowed to sit uncovered for 24 hours, and then I add a water conditioner.
What do you guys think?

fish_4_all 02-05-2008 01:14 AM

Well a 1 gallon is pretty small to start with but....

Changing part of the water and never changing all of the water can actually be beneficial to the betta. It will eventually allow for beneficial bacteria to grow and take care of ammonia and nitrites and keep the betta healthier. It also helps to lessen the shock from changing parameters too drastically.

Jasey 02-05-2008 10:04 AM

A siphon might be too big for a 1 gallon tank. For the 2.5 gallon, I recommend doing small, 25% water changes every 3 days rather than 100% changes weekly. I had a 2.5 and did 25% water changes, using a siphon after I put my fish into another container. But, you could go without a siphon. As fish_4_all said, smaller changes will help prevent shock.

scottysgirl 02-05-2008 10:54 AM

If you wanted to siphon, you could use rigid airline tubing to get the water out, this will be small enough for a 1 gallon bowl.

okiemavis 02-05-2008 11:18 AM

A lot of fish tank siphons have changeable attachments, which means you can take the large head off the end and just use the tubing. That way you have the convenience of a self-start, but it's still small on the end.

SST 02-05-2008 05:02 PM

or use a turkey baster

Black Lotus 02-06-2008 09:26 PM

Wow, I didn't expect these many replies, thanks.

Well, I've got my "method" of siphoning, so that isn't really the question. Sorry if I wasn't clear enough. What I would like to know is, is it better for the fish, since I wouldn't have to cause them the stress of moving them. 4-all somewhat answered my question; I was just wondering if there wouldn't be too much build-up of toxic elements in the water of such a small bowl if I don't do weekly 100% changes.

Thanks again :)

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