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Advice On Water Changes In A Bigger Tank?

jfeld

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Hi,

I think it's high time I moved my betta into a bigger tank. Nothing huge, just a few gallons, but big enough that I won't be able to carry it back and forth from the bathroom... I was wondering if some of the experienced betta owners had any advice on how to do partial (or whole) water changes without moving the tank. Thanks very much!

Julia
 

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A 5g tank with water and gravel is only about 50lbs, and not too bad to carry (I weigh about 98lbs and am by no means a body builder and have no trouble cleaning 5 tanks a day, every day, every week). So really, you should still be able to lift and move the tank unless you have back troubles or are very young/light. However, if you don't want t risk dropping it, my advice would be to siphon out the majority of the water, then empty the rest so you can get out whatever the siphon missed. I do this with my divided 10 and 15g tanks and it works great. :good:
 

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I use a couple of 2 liter soda bottles (thoroughly wash them first) to transport water. 2x2 liter soda bottles = 1 gallon of water, more or less.

If your tank is big enough, then it's probably a good idea to have it filtered. That way you get to do 25% - 30% water change weekly instead of the usual 100%. Look in the DIY section, there's some posts that show how to buffer the filter flow so it doesn't/wouldn't bother the betta.
 
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