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Old 04-01-2013, 01:47 PM   #1 
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Air Holes

We brought home our first Betta last week. He is currently in the 2.5 gallon Betta Mini Bow. We are using it without the filter as I read that it is too strong for a Betta. This left a large opening in the back. I was afraid that he could jump out of it, or that our cats could get to him through it, so I covered most of it leaving an opening of about one centimeter wide and a few inches long. I was worried that that wouldn't be enough air, so I also propped open the feeding door leaving a similar sized air hole on the opposite side of the tank. Does this allow for enough air flow in the tank? I was surprised that the lid did not have a bunch of air holes like the 1/2 gallon starter kit we initially bought for him had. Also, he can't get out of those size openings can he? If this setup doesn't work, any suggestions? I can't seem to find a similar sized tank with a bunch of air holes in the lid. How much air flow does a Betta need?
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:04 PM   #2 
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Hmm, if you have it against the wall it should be fine. I have 5 cats and suprisingly they never mess with our tanks. I do know that the marina tanks have openings on the top though.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:51 PM   #3 
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Why not add a sponge filter? Not only would this pump air into the tank, but you could have a cycled tank which would cut down on water changes!
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Thanks for the replies! I will look into Marina tanks and sponge filters. In the mean time, do you think he is getting enough air with the holes described? Thanks!
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:40 PM   #5 
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Hard to say just from a description, but look at it this way, if they can survive in those little jars in the store he should be fine in your tank.
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