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Old 06-11-2017, 11:48 PM   #11
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Nice, I'm not sure what the instructions say, but I usually do a 50% water change once a week for my bettas as well as gravel vac once a month. Glad to hear he's improving!
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Old 06-12-2017, 05:00 AM   #12
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Glad the pwc (partial water change) did him some good.

The chunky rocks will trap food and poop and mess up the water parameters. If you replace the stones with some sand perhaps and use just a few of the stones as accents here and there it will help you when you do your pwc.

Check into a small filter, there are internal filters for small sized tanks and little external ones too.

What size is the tank?

Also consider doing 1/3 up to 1/2 pwc 2 times per week. The liquid test kit would be of huge benefit to make sure that the tank parameters are staying within safe levels.
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Problem us your basically abusing that fish in a small tank like that.
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Hi Lazer - 3 gallon tank is not a size you would normally call abuse.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:39 AM   #15
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May i ask what's your water parameters? You've mentioned that you don't have a filter. I'd advice you to get one. With a heater and a filter you'd do your betta a big favor and It is important that your tank is cycled. Hope he gets better soon.
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A 3 gal tank with one fish is abuse?!?!? Please elaborate.

Added a filter today.
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I've been warned about going easy on the Bettafix as it contains Aloe Vera and can clog the Bettas labyrinth organ and cause it to suffocate and die. Basically it's alot like API Stress Coat. Just passing on what I've been told and have read. Plus better to be safe than sorry.
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our beautiful guy developed a twisted fin early on. He lives in a 5 gal tank with a heater and a filter and i took great pains to keep his water in good condition. Aside from algae issue the water has been good and our Jean-Luc is happy and healthy but his twisted fin remains twisted. It seems to be gradually growing out. Sometimes he likes to play dead on the gravel and sometimes he likes to get stuck to the filter grate which gives me a little heart attack lol but he is happy and healthy so i stopped worrying about his twisted fin.
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I never do a 50%water change , I have learned through experience that you only succeed in throwing out the good bacteria you need for a healthy tank . I wish i could post a pic of our big boy but I dont know how to post pictures . Our shares his tank with 10 danio's and 2 pepper on cory's and an too in Ulis in a 5.5 g . Only do a 25% water change
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Water changes don't remove much BB, it's retained in gravel & filter media. But multiple 25% water changes is less stressful than 50% so that temp and pH don't change drastically. I don't know that bettas are particularly susceptible to that.
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