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Old 01-24-2013, 09:19 PM   #1 
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Do bettas need to go to the surface to breathe?

I was wondering if is possible to put a 2 gallon critter keeper inside a big tank anchor it to the bottom, drill some small holes and put a betta inside the critter keeper or does it need to come out to the surface?
The bigger tank would have filters and heaters and the purpose of the holes is to keep the critter keeper with enough water circulation and oxigenated.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:28 PM   #2 
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Yes. They need to be able to rise to the surface and gulp air.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:06 PM   #3 
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It sounds strange, doesn't it? You can actually drown a fish. I have my critter keepers in a 10 gallon for warmth and I made a shelf inside the tank so that they wouldn't tip over..
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