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MissBec 03-05-2014 03:52 PM

Can I use Air pump instead of filter? for fishless cycle
 
I set up another tank (One without plants) I used my filter and its broken i think. Can I use a air pump for the fishless cycle instead? and then evently add filter when i get fish.

Flint 03-05-2014 04:16 PM

An airstone won't hold enough beneficial bacteria to hold a stable cycle. You could use a sponge filter (run by an airstone) but not just the airstone alone.

MissBec 03-06-2014 08:35 PM

kk, with a filter should i also use a air pump too? i am planning to get betta fish but i know that they have lungs that they can breath by them self but i got 2 air pump already and i figure out what was wrong with the filter, the sponge was too big which it got caught onto the fan and now its working :)

jaysee 03-06-2014 09:24 PM

If you are running a filter then the air is unnecessary.


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