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post #1 of 8 Old 11-14-2013, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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If I was breeding bettas (which I'm not right now but will be in spring), are filters absolutely necessary? Do they contribute to the fry developing labyrinth organs? Thanks again!

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-14-2013, 10:11 PM
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Filters are not absolutely necessary. Live plants and water changes basically perform what we hope to get with filters. I don't know about the labyrinth organ.

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-14-2013, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
Ok thanks! Are they recommended so fry can get more air?
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-14-2013, 11:50 PM
Most breeders don't use filters and if they do they use sponge filters. The water movement that the filter creates will make it hard for the male's bubblenest to stay intact.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-15-2013, 01:47 AM
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When the fry are a week old its a good idea to have a seasoned sponge filter in the tank with them. Just keep in on low output for a couple weeks and up the flow as they grow. Its important to have it running because the sudden buildup of ammonia is possible without one and lots of waste producing fry in the tank. Ammonia is deadly for young fry imo.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-15-2013, 08:32 AM
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I'm pretty certain that the fry will develop a labyrinth organ no matter what - it's in their genetics.

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post #7 of 8 Old 11-15-2013, 11:38 AM
Of course they'll develop a labrinth organ but at what point in their development?
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-15-2013, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
Just being on the safe side... Thanks everyone!
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