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Old 03-11-2013, 12:45 AM   #21 
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Minibow2.5 filled to the bottom of the black lid ring
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:27 PM   #22 
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I have the 2.5 bow but I don't use the power filter. I use a sponge filter, change 50% water once a week.
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:55 PM   #23 
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I have the 2.5 bow but I don't use the power filter. I use a sponge filter, change 50% water once a week.
Yes but yours, like mine, is cycled .
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I only do 2 50% changes per week.
So, that's not enough?
Yes it's enough, since you are using the filter. Make sure you clean the substrate during one of your water changes. Plants also help maintain good water quality in a tank this size. Don't fret about cycling. It will happen on it's own. I fill mine to the output and a hair more. I also have an additional piece of fluval sponge over the filter pad for more surface area for my bacteria and to slow down the water output.
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:14 PM   #25 
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I love my live plants even in a 2.5
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:32 PM   #26 
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I have this tank too, I hated how much surface space the filter took up, so I switched it out for a different filter.


The beauty with this one is that if it ever becomes too much for the bettas, I can regulate it with an airline valve.
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Yes it's enough, since you are using the filter.

I was just told by someone else that this is NOT enough water changes.

I am very confused.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:04 AM   #28 
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I have this tank too, I hated how much surface space the filter took up, so I switched it out for a different filter.


The beauty with this one is that if it ever becomes too much for the bettas, I can regulate it with an airline valve.
I have this filter for my hospital/quarantine tank and I love it!
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:37 PM   #29 
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mini bow questions

hey noticed this thread about the mini bow. I have the 2.5 and just wondering does your filter make a loud humming noise? is that normal? I fixed the current by covering the filter with the foot part of a panty hose. Also is there an alternate lightbulb i can use that isn't so bright? It causes an uncomfortable glare. The minute i plugged it in my betta went crazy even hit the tank.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:48 PM   #30 
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The minute i plugged it in my betta went crazy even hit the tank.
You know how it hurts your eyes when someone turns all of the lights on after total or near total darkness? That's what happened to your betta, unlike us, they can't really close their eyes or squint till their eyes adjust, so they panic. The best thing to do here would be turning on a less direct, but nearby light, and letting his eyes adjust before turning on the tank light.

PS "Blackwater" would help immensely here, bettas are a low-light fish.

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