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Old 07-30-2013, 05:27 AM   #1 
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Hi everybody

I am thinking of purchasing a new betta and getting a small 5-10L tank,
will i need something to produce bubbles, aeration??
or can they survive in just a small tank by itself?
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:57 AM   #2 
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Go with a 10L tank. You would need a heater depending on how cold it is where you are, also aeration isn't needed as bettas have a labyrinth organ they breath out of, and a filter is needed as well. Any other questions? Make sure you get water conditioner (API Stress Coat is what I use).
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Go with a 10L tank. You would need a heater depending on how cold it is where you are, also aeration isn't needed as bettas have a labyrinth organ they breath out of, and a filter is needed as well. Any other questions? Make sure you get water conditioner (API Stress Coat is what I use).
thanks for that.

whats the difference between an aerator and filter??
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I realise that there is no powerpoints in the conservatory where the fish will be, it is hot here in Portugal at the mo around 30 degs.
Will it be possible with water monitoring and regular water changes, as I wont be able to use a filter??
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30 degrees is hot? A betta needs to be in water temperatures of 76 degrees to 82 degrees. Aernator would be like an air stone that puts oxygen into the water. Bettas don't need that as they go up to the surface and get air like other mammals do in the ocean
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30 degrees is hot? A betta needs to be in water temperatures of 76 degrees to 82 degrees. Aernator would be like an air stone that puts oxygen into the water. Bettas don't need that as they go up to the surface and get air like other mammals do in the ocean
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I have just read a post that says that a 10L tank without filter is possible as long as a weekly to twice weekly water change of 50% is done.

does this sound ok to you??
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:54 AM   #7 
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Oh okay then no heater needed as long as the water is reaching at most 30 degrees Celsius. Yes a 10L tank is alright with out a filter as long as you are doing the appropriate amount of water changes which for a 10L or a 2.5 gallon tank is every other day and it is 100% every other day or 3 to 4 times a week.
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Actually, a 2.5 gallon tank is just fine with only two weekly water changes, one 50% and one 100%. Too many changes will stress the fish, so you don't need to go overboard. I've got three of these running, they're fine on that water change schedule.

Sounds like you've got a good plan AlgarveBlueVT! Good luck with your new little friend, and be sure to post pictures for us!
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Actually, a 2.5 gallon tank is just fine with only two weekly water changes, one 50% and one 100%. Too many changes will stress the fish, so you don't need to go overboard. I've got three of these running, they're fine on that water change schedule.

Sounds like you've got a good plan AlgarveBlueVT! Good luck with your new little friend, and be sure to post pictures for us!
just getting into the whole betta thing.

I have a 55L tank with one blue (VT) and a female( separated) on e other half of the tank with some neons and others.

lost so many fish in the past.
Since I have been doing this quarantine thing- which i did with blue VT- no probs and managed to rescue one of my 2 females with some meds and a little garlic .
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I am seeing that most of your tanks are tall and deep- not long and shallow.

I am guessing they prefer deep tanks.
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