I have seen a few people mention air stones and I am wondering under what circumstances you use them? All I know about them is that they oxygenate the water and that water at higher temps has less oxygen in it.
I like to put aeration in all of the tanks and I think it's an extra good idea on a divided tank. It's always running in all tanks.
HI MinxOk, i'm good at naming and loving the fish, but i'm a technical idiot, (rick can confirm this).
On the two bookshelf tanks that we divided for our bettas, the filter is on the left side of the divider and can't be moved or alternated to the right side. we noticed that the right side has very stagnant water. there is zero current or movement on the surface.
we thought maybe a small air stone on the right side would add a little air and oxygenation to that side. (even though the fish seemed to be doing fine on that side).
so we got all that, and rick hooked it up, but I was worried that maybe its too much current or too much bubbles.
can somebody help me with an opinion on this.
should we leave it on, or maybe turn it on for a bit then turn it off?
and while we're at it, can someone please explain to me why everyone I know who is not on this forum, has a betta in a vase or a bowl ,with nothing in there, and they seem to be fine, and i'm stressing over, pumps, heater, thermometer, plants, caves, gravel, lights, cycle, water quality, vitamins, etc, etc.
are we over complicating it? or are all the bowl people just slow murderers?
I went to my friends house and she had a betta in a vase that she said she had for over a year. she just changes the water when it gets cloudy, doesn't even put any de-clorinator in it or anything. I got into it with her, that this was unacceptable and she kept saying, "i've had it for over a year! and its fine!"
waaaahhhh!!!!!!!! i'm so confused.
I wanna do the right thing, but I don't wanna make things harder than they need to be. please help me understand....
all I have left are Gordy, Cappy, Baby and Issac in the goldy tank. but they seem to be doing good, so hopefully soon I can find some new goldies.
Depends on the use.. For example, its often used to aerate the water and provide a bit of oxygen. This is useful if you are trying to cool the tank and or using it when you have to raise the temps up ( for treating ich )
Also some plants thrive better with water movement and to help algae. Circulation and aeration has shown to be effective in controlling algae.