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Ash Paws

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Hi guys,

I was wondering how many times a week I should do a water change for my betta, Pence. He is in a 5.5 gallon with a Topfin Silenstream Power Filter 10.

I was thinking since his tank is pretty small probably twice weekly or once weekly? Please share your opinions

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Monitor the nitrate levels and if they are going up rapidly then do them twice a weekly but 1 Betta should be fine with weekly 50% water changes.
 

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Okay, thank you!
I've used one of those silentstream filters in the past. They, in my opinion, have a water output that makes it difficult for a betta to swim, I recommend you baffle your filter to soften the flow.
 

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I agree, once weekly 50% water changes are what I do on all my betta tanks.
 
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I've used one of those silentstream filters in the past. They, in my opinion, have a water output that makes it difficult for a betta to swim, I recommend you baffle your filter to soften the flow.
If I have the valve closed water still gets through but the stream is significantly smaller. How would you suggest I baffle the flow however?
 
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I agree, once weekly 50% water changes are what I do on all my betta tanks.
Alright, thank you! I also just learned how to siphon the water without getting tank water in my mouth, last time i got some in my mouth so i just scooped the water out with a plastic cup. It took a while XD
 
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