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Old 08-12-2012, 04:47 AM   #1 
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Bio-filtration for a betta fish tank.

I have a 1.5L betta tank with some floating plants.

I'm thinking to add some bio-rings/ceramic rings (smooth surface) to the bottom of the tank, to culture bacteria.

Do you guys think this is helpful or is redundant ? Anyone of you doing so?
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:33 AM   #2 
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It'll be hard to keep a cycle in a tank that size.,I would think you'd also need a filter or at least an airpump and stone to get some circulation in order to grow bacteria.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:20 AM   #3 
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By 1.5L do you mean 1.5 litre? A tank of that size would be unable to hold enough media to create a stable cycle nor be able to provide enough oxygen for decent bacteria production (I also personally feel it is far too small for a betta, is there any chance at all you may be able to upgrade? It'd allow enough space for both a heater and some bio media to offer biological filtration). If you mean 1.5L as in a 1.5 gallon long then it may be possible but I've never dealt with a tank that size and therefore can't really give you any definitive answer, sorry. I hope someone with more experience in smaller tanks may be able to offer you some information!
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:40 PM   #4 
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While it is possible to cycle smaller tanks, it is usually recommended that beginners do not attempt to cycle anything smaller than 5 gallons.

A 1.5 litre tank is unsuitable for Betta. A 1.5 gallon tank should have the water changed every third day or when needed to keep ammonia below 0.25ppm as determined by testing.

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Old 08-12-2012, 05:12 PM   #5 
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I have a 1.5L betta tank with some floating plants.

I'm thinking to add some bio-rings/ceramic rings (smooth surface) to the bottom of the tank, to culture bacteria.

Do you guys think this is helpful or is redundant ? Anyone of you doing so?
your "tank" WON'T cycle because it IMO, is WAY, WAY too small for any living organism. You are better off upgrading to a bigger tank of at least 2.5 gallons with heater and filter if you can
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Old 08-12-2012, 05:37 PM   #6 
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You could keep a couple of shrimp in there without too much hassle, if you had an airstone.

Not to add to the pile-up of opinion here, but you're going to have a sick fish really soon if you don't change the water every day, which is stressful on the fish - and you as well.

I've successfully cycled a 3.5 gallon tank and kept it stable for six months by planting it heavily and watching the water chemistry carefully, testing it regularly and adjusting the water change schedule when necessary - and I am pretty much a beginner at fish keeping. It's just a matter of being conscientious and not looking for the easy/lazy way out of taking care of things.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:19 PM   #7 
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...you're going to have a sick fish really soon if you don't change the water every day,...
Yeah, I agree. I just can't bring myself to suggest that. People already think I'm too persnickety. ;-}
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:53 AM   #8 
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When we "breeders" keep fish in beanies.. small containers like what you are suggesting.. we do DAILY 90% water changes and have heated fish rooms. Temps must be around 84* to have a water temp of 80*. You can't blow it off or leave for a weekend or your water conditions will deteriorate and you are asking for burned gills, fungs and if cool temps velvet. Better off getting a 5gal tank, add some decor and take the time to establish good boilogical filtration. That is not done over night. Need a few months and you have to stay on top of it. If the only option you have is that small a container and you are not willing to keep it warm and commit to 1-1.5 years of daily water changes.. don't by the fish.
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