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Champion Betta 11-14-2013 09:23 PM

Are Filters a Necessity?
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! :redyay:

fish monger 11-14-2013 11:11 PM

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.

Champion Betta 11-14-2013 11:13 PM

Ok thanks! Are they recommended so fry can get more air?
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dramaqueen 11-15-2013 12:50 AM

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.

logisticsguy 11-15-2013 02:47 AM

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.

jaysee 11-15-2013 09:32 AM

I'm pretty certain that the fry will develop a labyrinth organ no matter what - it's in their genetics.

dramaqueen 11-15-2013 12:38 PM

Of course they'll develop a labrinth organ but at what point in their development?

Champion Betta 11-15-2013 12:45 PM

Just being on the safe side... Thanks everyone! :greenyay:
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