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Old 09-17-2008, 01:56 PM   #1 
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If you have a heater, isn't it important to also have an air filter to help circulate the warm water? I just read a post that said bettas do not like air filters because of the current that circuluates through the bowl, so that's why I wonder. In the past few years that I've been caring for my bettas, they each have their "summer" home and "winter" home. In the summer, they get their glass bowls. In the winter, I put them in a heated tank with an air filter. Should I take it out this winter?
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Old 09-17-2008, 04:16 PM   #2 
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Well you can do both i have heard many people use air pumps and many not using air pumps. I think you should keep your Betta in it's winter home all year long because it sounds bigger when you phrase it as a tank and also a heater is always needed summer or winter.
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Old 09-17-2008, 05:32 PM   #3 
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if you put a heater by the filter it helps keep it even
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:05 PM   #4 
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Thanks for the advice! My summer homes are always monitored for heat in the summer, they're always ok! Haha, only me would have a summer home for a fish! If only I had a summer home!!
I will keep my heater near the filter, that's a great idea!
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Old 09-18-2008, 02:50 PM   #5 
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My betta tank has an air filter and he loves it. =]
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Old 09-18-2008, 04:10 PM   #6 
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What do you mean by "air filter"? Do you mean a filter for the water, or an air pump hooked up to an air stone?
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Old 09-19-2008, 02:52 PM   #7 
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Air stones just oxygenate the water, they don't filter it. Bettas have a special organ that allows them to 'gulp' oxygen from the surface of the water so they don't need an air stone and they probably would hate the bubbles anyway.

Filters are a great help as far as keeping the water clean and your fish healthy, just make sure you get a 'low flow' air pump driven filter or a sponge filter, not a power filter or a high flow air pump driven filter.
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