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Old 04-23-2010, 12:50 PM   #1 
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Cool My new tank is here!!!!

Bought our new 30L tank home today. Just gonna make an order for the plants.........then get our Betta!!! Well after a month or so

Few more questions.......

* Do Bettas need airstones and air pumps? Checking as I thought they breathed from the top.

* Floating plants? Yay or nay? Same reason as the breathing bit.

Think I'm done witht he questions lol ul b glad when its up and running Im sure


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Old 04-23-2010, 12:54 PM   #2 
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Air stones and not required, but they do add extra oxygen to the water, which is always nice.

Floating live plants are AMAZING for bettas. They love to make bubble nests in them...
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:27 PM   #3 
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an air pump is required in all tanks, not only for the fishes... also because the water needs to be oxygenated in order to be more cleaned

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Old 04-23-2010, 01:50 PM   #4 
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I do not like airstones in betta tanks. It's additional water turbulence, and you want to have as little of that as possible. They are completely unnecessary.

Also, surface plants are great, as long as your fish can still get to the surface of the water.
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Old 04-23-2010, 06:35 PM   #5 
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With bettas, air stones aren't necessary. With other fish, they do become necessary.

Quick explanation: Bettas have their labrynth organ, where they get their air DIRECTLY from the top of the tank (if you get floating plants, as long as there is room to reach air, they'll be just fine - and I do recommend floating plants). The labrynth organ is their very first source of air. Their gills run second, which makes air stones unecessary. If their gills become impaired, they will be fine - they will just come up for air more often. If their labrynth organ becomes impaired, according to this one experiment of removing a betta's labrynth organ, they die of suffocation despite great oxygen levels in the tank. Maybe the gills are simply for not having to go up for air so often. Hope that helped.

Also, with every water change, new fresh oxygen enters the tank.
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