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post #1 of 11 Old 06-24-2011, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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Filter for betta?

How necessary is it to have a filter for a Betta in a 5g tank?
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-24-2011, 01:30 AM
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This might be better answered on the betta section of the forums, but if it was me and I could find a filter, heater and air stone combo, I'd go for it. I would think though a single betta in a 5 gallon tank, with decorations would have enough surface area for the beneficial bacteria to colonize.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-24-2011, 01:51 PM
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With live plants, a filter can be omitted for a Betta in a 5g tank. A small sponge filter would circulate water though, always a plus.

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post #4 of 11 Old 06-24-2011, 06:32 PM
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Sounds good Byron!!! Maybe some Java fern and or Moss/ low light/ that fish will have a long life.. Maybe some partial water changes twice a month would make it ideal in a five gallon!!!

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post #5 of 11 Old 06-24-2011, 06:40 PM
How well is the tank planted? With plenty of fast growing stem plants you probably wouldn't need a 100% water change. I still prefer to keep a small 5-10 gallon filter in my 5 gallon tank though...I keep it well baffled with an aquarium sponge so that it doesn't push my betta around. .

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post #6 of 11 Old 06-24-2011, 10:56 PM
Like Littlebittyfish I prefer to keep a filter on my 5g too. It's more for peace of mind than anything because like Byron said one isn't needed with live plants with a beta because they can breath from the atmosphere. If you ever plan on keeping something with the beta though a filter would be needed (snails, shrimp, etc.) If you do use a filter just make sure to baffle it with a water bottle or something because most betas don't like currents.
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-24-2011, 11:54 PM
A baffled filter is always the best option in my opinion. I have a friend who has bettas, and I have tried to get her to put them in a filtered tank, but she doesnt have filters on their one gallon tanks... and every few months one dies and she has to replace it. The longest she has had one live now is only 7 months. Of course, when she finally decided to do a filtered aquarium (10g), I told her to put a divider in it and let her two living bettas enjoy it, but no, she opted to buy neons... killed those... bought more... killed those... now she is dealing with guppies.

Anyways, my point is, I always feel that a filter (and heater) is deserved by any fish.
The high planting is cool too, but I would add a bubbler for water movement so it doesnt go stagnant.

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Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-25-2011, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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How do I "baffle" a filter?
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-25-2011, 08:12 AM
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How do I "baffle" a filter?
Step-By-Step Filter Baffle

I prefer the sponge baffle method on page 4...It helps hold in beneficial bacteria...and there's no chance of betta ripping his fins this way..

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-25-2011, 09:07 AM
I use the water bottle baffle, and havent had any issues with my betta and his fins... then again, he is in a 15g tank, but even with ample space he likes to sleep under the baffle sometimes... and still hasnt got hurt, lets hope it stays that way.

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Tank 1: (29 gal planted) empty
Tank 2: (15 gal) empty
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