5 Of The Best Filter For Betta Fish [Review] - TFCG - Jack Dempsey

Aquarium Undergravel Filters - Simple Filters for Small Fish Tanks & Fish Bowls
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Tips on Keeping the Siamese Fighting Fish
The Siamese fighting fish or “Betta” is one of the most popular of all aquarium fish. There are several reasons for this popularity. First, is their beautiful colors often referred to as “splendid”, thus one of the more popular species Betta splendens. They are in the family of fish called Anabantoids. As such they have a special labyrinth organ that other fish do not. This enables them to get oxygen from the water surface as opposed to using their gills to extract oxygen from the water. Because of this special feature they are able to be kept in a small container or bowl, whereas other tropical fish need a larger aquarium with added filtration. The sales of Bettas have surged in recent years as they’ve become displays in beautiful, ornate vases, bowls and glasses and easily kept on a table top, desk or counter.
Mar 7, 2014 - Fish bowls are too small for most filtration systems to fit into so you're not going to get a lot of help with filtration in a fish bowl
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You will need about two cups of water from the tank to use to clean the filter’s sponge. For the benefit of your fish, you will want to use existing tank water, not tap water or distilled water. Sure the filter may not smell as clean and fresh, but your fish will be less sensitive to the change. Use your siphon, plastic cup, etc., to remove as much water as you think you’ll need. Drain it into a medium sized bowl, like a small mixing bowl, or drain it in a bucket and transfer it to the bowl. habitat for fish, usually a glass aquarium, a small bowl, or a tote bin that has a filter at minimum and a heater if the fish are tropical.
Photo provided by FlickrFilters are available for traditional tanks, decorative containers and goldfish bowls. The smaller your fish's habitat the greater the need for filtration.
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If your fish tank is either under ten gallons in totalcapacity or is not filtered, it is a small tank or bowl andshould only be considered by experienced aquarium keepers whounderstand the drawbacks and disadvantages of such an environment forpet fish, and are willing to take on the extra challenge and additionalmaintenance required for these small aquariums.Also, the more frequent the water changes are, the less importantit is that the water changes be small. By keeping the frequency ofthese water changes high - at least twice a week for a small fishtank with a filter and at least every other day for a fish bowlwithout a filter - the stress of the water changes issignificantly mitigated.Possibly the most frustrating thing about owning a fish bowl is thelimited for fish. In a bowl, we recommend keeping only 1"of fish for every 1.5-2 gallons of water in the bowl—rememberthat the bowl is probably holding substantially less water than itstotal capacity since you are keeping the water level lowered to thewidest part of the bowl—usually 1/3-1/2 of the bowl's capacity isair, not water. If you are not filtering your bowl, we recommendkeeping your population at 1" of fish for every 3 gallons of water orlower. Remember that a is notdetermined by the environment it is kept in, but rather is controlledby genetics. The small fish you purchase for your bowl today may be avery large fish by the time it is mature. Keeping a fish in anenvironment that is too crowded or too small is cruel and can lead toa wide variety of health problems from reduced immune systems tocrippling skeletal deformities or failure of internal systems.Everything I've read about keeping aquariums always ALWAYS says that a small tank is a bad idea for a beginner (the reason for this is the fact that even a small amount of fish waste can drastically change the water quality when it's dissolved in just a little water, so you need to keep a careful eye on water quality, and understand the factors that affect it). But what if you just want a little fishbowl on your desk (or wherever), and don't feel like sinking over hundred dollars into setting up a respectable size tank (i.e. 10 gallons or more, and believe me, it will add up to that much or more, with tank, stand, hood, filter, air pump, gravel, decor, chemicals, etc). On the other hand, you don't want to just have a betta death-trap, where you change the water from time to time and hope your fish doesn't die. You can always shell out $30 - $80 on something like the Eclipse Explorer (prettier kinds are on the higher end of that range), and have a relatively complicated setup to clean and maintain to boot. Or you can set up a very simple and very effective filtration system in your existing tank for about $12. However, I must point out that a filter doesn't replace the need for frequent partial water changes.