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Hi all!

I would like to know whether or not air pump filters provide sufficient oxygenation for a betta tank. The tank I purchased came with a Tetra Whisper filter and air pump. Of course, I would prefer not to buy more equipment than I will actually need, but I also really want what's best for my eventual betta.

Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much!

J
 

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air pumps aren't necessary but they look nice.

I added one to my betta's 10g tank because he seems to use his gills quite a bit on top of breathing from the surface.

I recommend ditching the airstone it comes with (if it comes with one), capping the end with a piece of gravel or aquarium-safe silicone (giving it time to fully cure) so that no air escapes, and poking one hole with a safety pin near the capped tip and giving it a bit of a wiggle to actually open it up.

Doing this allows bubbles to pass and aerate the water without drastically disrupting the surface like airstones tend to do.
 

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Thanks for your input, but I think I was unclear in my description. I meant to convey that the filter runs with the help of an air pump, so the two are attached, and would this provide enough aeration for my 3-gallon tank?
 

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It should, the method I use aerates a whole 10g perfectly fine.

I'm not quite sure how it looks or how it works but if you can turn the airpump off without turning the filter off, I'd recommend that for when its time for the fish to sleep.
 

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A betta's tank does not need aeration.. they actually prefer water that is not moving in any way. The filter is optional in the 3g, if you use it make sure it isn't too strong - but wouldn't worry about whether it creates enough aeration.
 

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Thanks so much for this information! It's very helpful!
 
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