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Old 01-23-2012, 03:22 PM   #1 
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Help! Do I need an Air Pump? 3 aGallon tank.

My new tank came with an air pump, but is it neccesary to use it? I would rather not, but if you can explain why it is very nessary, I will! Thanks!
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:56 PM   #2 
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Filters and air pumps are optional for this species.....

In a 1gal unfiltered tank without live rooted plants-water changes of twice weekly....1-50% and 1-100% should maintain water quality...provided that you don't overfeed and remove uneaten food within a reasonable time....
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:10 PM   #3 
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I wouldn't put an air pump in- bettas prefer calmer waters. They don't need surface agitation because they breathe oxygen from the air with their labyrinth organ.
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:59 PM   #4 
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Perfect! So many cords otherwise!

My Betta Stick heater made it 86 degrees. Is this too hit?
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:59 PM   #5 
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Hot, I meant?
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:02 PM   #6 
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YES. Take it out right now!! Take that heater back if you can and get another one! You are cooking your fish!

Edit: Actually it says 76-86F. But still it'd be pushing it if it goes higher.
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No fish yet, no worries.
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Ah, well if it goes any higher than that, it will not be safe for the fish ;)
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:24 PM   #9 
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What kind of heater..is it adjustable or preset...what is the room temp....

What kind of thermometer are you using and do you have a second thermometer to double check the water temp to ensure the reading is correct......

What kind of light are you using over the tank-sometimes the light bulb can increase water temp too...turn it off for 24h and see if that makes a difference

While 86F is a safe temp-it can shorten longevity when kept long term...
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:32 PM   #10 
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Betta Stick heater for small tanks. 7.5 watt. Both tank and heater are new. 3 gallon tank - Aquaview 360.

I just filled it more, about 1 more inch, and temp. Says 82 now. Off to buy Betta now, but will regulate tank for awhile before adding.
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