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Old 09-07-2012, 12:16 AM   #1 
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Airstone - Necessary?

I have a 5 gallon tank with one Betta and 2 Julli corys. It is a planted tank and i do a 25% water change every day and one 75% change once a week. I just got a whisper 10 pump that i found in the thrift store (for only 99 cents!) i have the tubing and a small airstone. my question is this. Would it be good for me to use this or not? Would the tank be better with it or does it not really matter?

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Old 09-07-2012, 12:27 AM   #2 
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It doesn't need to be in there, but it will add extra oxygen to your tank. I use HOB filters and the waterfalls that shoot back into the tank create enough oxygen & help circulate the water for it's inhabitants.

I'm not a big fan of oil slicks on the surface of the aquarium.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:52 AM   #3 
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Probably won't be bad for your fish unless your pump is super powerful and churns up the water real good. The only thing is most air pumps are loud. If your good with the sound then go for it. I returned 4 tanks because they used air pumps to drive the filter and my wife hated the sound.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:50 PM   #4 
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It depends if you are going to use the filter, I opt for an airstone, rather than filter in smaller tanks, I have a filter in both of my 5 gallons, but one of my fishy's hates it, so I am going back to the air stone:) Wouldn't use both, though, but at least with air stone, you don't ever have to worry about fins getting shredded.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:59 PM   #5 
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airstones are not replacements to filters except to add oxygen (ie they dont filter anything), for a betta only tank they arent neccessary since bettas breath air and thus dont need highly oxygenated water.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:07 PM   #6 
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Neither filters or airstones add oxygen to the water per say-The way it works, is that the agitation or water movement at the surface creates a gas exchange, otherwise the water would be super saturated......anyway...one of the issues with the water movement at the surface is that is can drive off the CO2 and depending on the type of live plants you are keeping...it may or may not be enough to cause issues for them...usually it isn't that much and a non-issue....

IMO/E-a 5gal isn't enough space to properly keep other species of fish along with the Betta-especially shoaling species that need to be kept in larger numbers-The long term of things can end up being stressful for all of the livestock....

How many and what species of live plants do you have, how long has the tank been setup. Why are you making daily water changes.....
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:46 AM   #7 
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I have some wisterias and amazon swords. Maybe I'm paranoid but I do the water changes almost everyday because i don't want any ammonia showing up. there are never any nitrites or nitrates. Some people have told me this is too small for the 3 fish, some have said as long as you do water changing they have never had a problem. To tell you the truth the 2 Julii's get along real well with the Betta, no aggressive towards them, & the betta seems very happy with the company, always looking at them & swimming with them sometimes. So they all seem happy together. Appetites are good, everyone seems very healthy after a month.
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Corys do better in schools of six or more. Do you test for ammonia? I would recommend testing rather than just doing water changes as it can be stressful for the fish
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:46 PM   #9 
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I do test for ammonia every day. Usually it's 0 for a day, up to .25 the second day if I don't do a water change. I originally bought the 2 because on the Petsmart website you can have 1 or 2 in a small tank.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:46 PM   #10 
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Never trust a seller, honestly. The selection shouldn't be a problem tho.

You can put the air-stone in the back of your filter, usually the smaller pumps only make a frothy noise there. If you're growing plants then don't worry about using it.

Which kind of filter do you have on the 5g (and what type of 5g)?
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