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Old 06-19-2013, 01:00 PM   #1 
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Question Filter? Aeration?

I know bettas are unique from most fish because of their ability to breathe oxygen from the surface, but would a betta benefit much from having some sort of aeration in the tank?
My boy, Cirrus, is housed in a planted, unfiltered, heated 5 gallon critter keeper.
What about a filter? Has anyone noticed bettas who have a filtered tank, doing better (physically and mentally) than a betta in an unfiltered tank?
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:05 PM   #2 
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I know bettas are unique from most fish because of their ability to breathe oxygen from the surface, but would a betta benefit much from having some sort of aeration in the tank?
My boy, Cirrus, is housed in a planted, unfiltered, heated 5 gallon critter keeper.
What about a filter? Has anyone noticed bettas who have a filtered tank, doing better (physically and mentally) than a betta in an unfiltered tank?
Aeration wouldn't really benefit a betta health-wise, but some like to play in bubbles ;)

And adding a filter certainly wouldn't hurt, as long as the current isn't too strong. The tank will hold a more stable cycle that way, but many people keep bettas without filters with success :). Personally I think a stable cycle is healthier for any fish. But there are people who will disagree :)
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:11 PM   #3 
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Can you recommend a good filter for a 5 gallon?
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:46 PM   #4 
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Can you recommend a good filter for a 5 gallon?
I actually have a sponge filter in mine, and I really like it. Before I had the Marina Slim S10 on there and I liked that too for a HOB.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:01 PM   #5 
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I've never used a filter before so I'm new to this. XD Are there any specific brands that have a good reputation?
Is this a good filter for 5 gal critter keeper? If the current was too strong, how would I 'baffle' it? (I think that's the right word xD).
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...F-53F465A84258
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:13 AM   #6 
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I don't have experience with that filter but I know a couple people on here use them. You can baffle that one by tying an aquarium safe sponge over the vents with a rubber band or fishing line.
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I like the Tom Mini Internal Filter as it has a spray bar you can direct to the back of the tank. It is also adjustable.
Tom Mini Internal Filter 45gph: Fish : Walmart.com

I also have a Fluval.
Aquarium Filters: Fluval Nano Internal Aquarium Filter
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:52 AM   #8 
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I have a sponge filter in one and a Tetra 10i in another. The outflow of the 10i is a bit much but I stuck some filter foam where the water flows out and put some bushy plants in front of it.

If you have live plants, then they may already be taking care of the ammonia in the tank, which is what the bacteria that will eventually grow in the filter media will be doing.

I haven't really noticed too much of a difference between bettas in filterd vs unfiltered tanks provided proper water changes are made. its when people dont change the water where you will notice a difference
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:17 AM   #9 
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It is arguably better for the fish if you run a cycled tank. A 5g is easy to cycle. Sponge filters are gentle, low-current and have a large sponge to harbor the nitrifying bacteria which cycle your tank.

Filters (especially sponge filters) also provide aeration that the bacteria need to flourish. Betta don't care.

Live plants are always a plus if you can maintain them.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:30 AM   #10 
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I think I'll go ahead and pick up a filter today. :)
I do have a couple of live plants but they're small due to a run in with a hungry snail about a month ago. XD I have two moss balls (one I'm rolling, the other I'm letting it start to carpet), and several very small drawf anubias; it was all in one piece til the run in with the snail I mentioned. Now it's seperated as several small ones. :P
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