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Old 03-03-2008, 08:30 PM   #1 
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do bettas typically like air pumps? in your expirience?
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:36 PM   #2 
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Not needed. They breateh air from the surface.
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:40 PM   #3 
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Not needed? If you have a filtration system, how will you operated it? An air pump WILL be needed if you have filtration, whether it be a sponge filter, corner/box filter, or ugf.
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:45 PM   #4 
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thats why i was askingk, i have a ugf and im not running it right now cuz i dont know if the betta will like it or not.
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:47 PM   #5 
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Ah, another stupid answer by me.

I didn't think a betta would need the extra oxygen since they breathe at the surface. Well, you learn something new everyday.
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:51 PM   #6 
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filter

Whaaaa??? i am easily confused.
plz expalin why u need an air pump with a filter system.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:12 PM   #7 
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under gravel filtersystems dont do anything without an air pump. or am i mistaken?
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:27 PM   #8 
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Undergravel filters, corner filters and sponge filters all typically use air as their motive force for the water. Without the air, no filter flow takes place and nothing is removed from the water. Sponge filters and UGFs can be run using a separate pump called a power head. They often produce more currents in the water than a betta can tolerate so we're back to using air bubbles. Larger tanks can have other types of filters like canisters or the kind that hang on the back, HOB, filters. These produce much more flow than you would usually want in the typical small betta tank.
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Old 03-04-2008, 07:44 PM   #9 
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so your saying bubbles are ok, but water movement is stressful?
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:42 PM   #10 
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You can have a little but not a lot so sponge filters work great for Bettas (probably those silly little in-tank Whisper filters that come with the mini-bows are ok too)
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