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Old 05-15-2013, 12:34 PM
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I have a ten gallon tank with just a male betta in it. It's heated (80 degrees F) but not filtered (I do weekly 25% water changes).

Is there anything else I could put in there? I've been thinking about a snail, but I'm not sure exactly what care they need. I'd prefer not to have to put a filter in, as my betta has a hard time swimming with one in, and ends up getting swept all over the tank.

On the topic of filters, are there any filters that DON'T create too strong a current for a betta? Any way that I can make the current stronger? He's doing fine with the water changes (I've had him for about a year and a half and he's never had any sort of disease) but I realize that bettas are pretty much one of the only aquatic critters that can do without filters, and if I add anything else, I'll probably need one.

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Old 05-15-2013, 12:37 PM
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What I used to do with bettas in community tanks is use a typical HOB (hang on back) filter, and cut a styrofoam cup in half, then tape it to the filter so that the water flow would be buffered.

If you cycle the tank, a small school of a small species of corydora catfish would be neat. I looove them.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:52 PM
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I'd put in a sponge filter. They cost <$10, plus you need an air pump. For a 10 gallon, this should provide decent filtration without a current. Walmart, Amazon, etc should have these two items for pretty cheap.



If you want to do things properly, you can put that in and in a few weeks try adding some new critters. In my 10 gallon w/ sponge filter, I have 4 sparkling gouramis and 1 betta, snails, and until recently I had 1 large bristlenose pleco as well. I'm pretty sure you could get away with adding a few snails right now, but it would be betta to wait.

Most fish can be kept without a filter, really, given that you change the water often enough. It's just that bettas tolerate toxicity fairly well and don't produce tons of waste.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:23 PM
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I love the sponge filters too, but have also underfiltered with an HOB to create less current.

I love small schools of cardinal tetras, lemon tetras, neons, etc. or small school of cories, a bristlenose pleco, some shrimp (LOVE crystal red shrimp), snails, etc. I would personally stay away from gouramis and barbs as most tend to be fin nippers and you can't get anything with long fins or the betta will attack that. :P
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:32 PM
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A 10g is too small for an adult bristlenose, and a lot of bettas get stressed out with fast moving tetras.


A lot of bettas are okay with shrimp, but some will eat them... be prepared for that, if you go that route!
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:36 PM
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A 10g is not too small for a 4in bristlenose, IME. Many fish forums say the same, as well. Likewise, I've never had a betta get stressed with tetras in the tank and many, MANY people keep small communities like that with no issues.
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:01 PM
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Bristlenose can get larger than 4", which is why many feel they're not suitable. Not all bettas do well with tetras, and not all species of tetras do well with bettas. Depends very much on the individual betta, I've had some who do well in communities, some who do well with just cories or a small pleco, and some who just do best with no tankmates whatsoever. Just be prepared and have a back up plan should your betta be one of the ones who do best on their own.
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