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Hello, recently I have gotten a simple 10g kit at walmart for my bettas that will be arriving in the mail fairly soon. I believe this is it here:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aqua-Culture-10-Gallon-Aquarium-Starter-Kit/35326017

Nothing too fancy, I really just wanted it for the tank itself and the hood. Im questioning on keeping the filter. The filter I believe it comes with is a Tetra Whisper 2-10i- http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Whisper-2-10i-Power-Filter-Fish-Aquatic-Pets/10291764

Ive been hearing that most of the little tetra filters arent good... I was told that the Marina Slim s10 is a good one to get instead-
http://www.amazon.com/Marina-A285-S10-Power-Filter/dp/B0032G8TPW
I was just looking for some more clarification or inputs on the tetra filter/more preferred filters. Should I keep the little tetra, save it for a backup and get the Marina instead, or get something else all together?


Now for my second question. My bettas will be arriving probably around the 14th. I haven't set up the tank or anything yet to cycle it, all im waiting on is the divider pieces to arrive in the mail so that I can seal it into the tank with silicone before I put the water in and everything else. It could be a few more days before the dividers arrive. Will it be safe to put my fish in the tank before its cycled, or while its cycling? How should I go about acclimating them in this case?


And now my third question, my family had plans on painting the room that the fish will be in pretty soon. Is this safe to do around the bettas, should the paint fumes harm them? Should we try to paint before the bettas arrive?

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I've had the same filter in my 10 gallon tank and thus far it's been just fine. If I were you, I would keep the filter until you have an issue with it and then switch. That way, you'll save a couple dollars.
I got my betta from a pet store before I did any research on the fish. Originally he was in a vase and the night I got him, I did some research then got up the next day and picked up a tank for him. I didn't cycle the tank after I set it up, I figured anything would be better than the vase I put my betta in. He's totally fine. But keep in mind I got my betta from a pet store, if you ordered yours from a breeder they may be more sensitive.
I think your fish should be okay with the paint fumes, just keep the room well ventilated- don't close the door to the room and keep the AC running.
Good luck! :)
 

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Filter Question reply:
I have the same kit I think.

And I had the whisper in the 10 gallon for awhile. It was fine, nothing fancy. I would suggest buying some aquaclear sponges and putting into the filter hole instead of the stuff they give you, that way you rarely have to replace it (kills your cycle when you replace unless done properly). The aquaclear sponges last forever and you just have to swish in old tank water when they get yucky.

I changed to an aquaclear 20. those are the most recommended HOB filters around. I love it. It's a bit noisier than the whisper however. But still quiet.

The tetra was fine but it just took up a bit of space in the aquarium, so I changed it. Nothing wrong with it, however. So I would suggest keeping it for now and see what you think! IT IS SOOOOO QUIET. Biggest plus on this filter.

Both filters (whisper and aquaclear 20) are a good size for the 10 gallon tank. I still baffled both with the water bottle tutorial so my betta could swim effortlessly in the whole tank. Very easy to do, doesn't cost anything, and your betta doesn't get blown around!
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=30139

Cycle question reply:
Bettas do not produce an awful amount of waste. In a ten gallon ammonia levels do not go up very fast unless you are overfeeding. I would suggest buying the API liquid test kit ASAP if you haven't already. The strips are useless, don't use those.
Test your water every couple days and do a change when ammonia is 0.25ppm, I wouldn't let it get much higher than that.
I think there is a good sticky on both fishless/fish-in cycling methods on this forum. yes, here they are:
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=47838
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=107771

Paint fume question:
I'm not sure! but I'm sure if it's ventilated he will be fine!
 

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Ive decided to go ahead and order the Marina s10 for the sole reason of the Tetra filter taking up a lot of space. I really don't like in-tank filters for this reason, and I didn't want to disrupt things later by changing filters late in the game. But hey, now I've got a nice backup.

I like what im seeing in reviews for the Marina s10 slim. Doesn't seem like it needs to be baffled, it has a water flow control feature, its quiet, and as it implies, doesn't take up much space. The only thing im seeing is that the cartridges it uses don't sound very good, but I also saw that they could be replaced with other things. Overall people are saying its one of the best 10g filters out there.

Does anyone on here have a marina slim s10, and are you happy with it? How are the cartridges, have you used anything that wasn't designed for it?
 

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I have the marina slim s10 in one of my tanks and love it. It is in the tank in my bedroom and it is sooo quiet. The cartridges are the only thing I would change as they can get a little pricey, but haven't tried anything else with it.. yet. You can adjust the flow so you don't need a baffle. and its SO small! overall I LOVE this filter!
 
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