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Old 08-21-2010, 09:05 PM   #1 
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Do I need a filter?

Hi everyone, I was thinking of breeding betta and ive done my research but Im just not sure if I need a filter/pump in the breeding tank? Im going to have a heater in there and I know that you need wate circulation with a heater. What kind of filter should I use or should I even use one?
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You don't necessarily NEED filter BUT I highly recommend that you use a sponge filter any brand will do as long as it is the appropriate size for a 10 gallon tank and hopefully is adjustable so you can make it create minimal current.
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Im fine with not having a filter, I'll willingly use do regular water changes but its just that I'm afraid that without water circulation, the heater will just create a 'hot spot'. Is this alright?
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Im not sure if the hot spot theory of yours would really happen but i wouold just get a ponge filter to be safe. Plus water changes are more likely to harm fry since they are so small even when you wait a few weeks.
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Ok, sponge filter it is, I also read somebody's method of raising fry in the first few weeks (can't remember who or where) and he/she said that instead of doing water changes, they just started of with a lower water level and just kept adding more water. Is this a good method?
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Well, I have not tried that before but if you do that weekly (adding it GENTLY as you can!!!!!!!!) then it would probably be alright. And maybe after a month you can start doing water changes. (extremely carefully)
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You NEED a filter. Yes you NEED one. Ok anyway lemme explain...stagnant water=dust collection. dust collection= skum. Skum= dead fry.

Pluse nitrate levels will flare up and kill fry without one. I prefer a Mini Penplax corner filter using a gang valve to regulate flow.

You can make your own sponge filter by cutting a hole in a brand new kitchen sponge and inserting your airline tubing and regulating flow. In addition sponge filters permit more growth of infusoria...important food for small fry.
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:17 AM   #8 
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IMO You don't really need filters. But it is best to use air pumps set to a minimum (actually it depends on how wide/big the water surface is). Turn it on after the fry are free swimming. If you are going to use filters, perhaps sponge filters would be best.
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It really depends on the breeder. I always use a filter, even when I'm just introducing the pair.
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