Betta without a filter? 5 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by psalm18.2, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    How long do you think a betta can live in a 5g without a filter? Water changes bi-weekly. Heated to 78f.
  2. monkeypie102Well Known MemberMember

    By itself I would say thats fine :)

  3. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    A long time.
  4. Tigress HillWell Known MemberMember

    I had to place Draco in a 3 gallon for a week with no filter before I took him home. I double-dosed prime every day and did a 50% water change every other day. He's settled in to his new bookshelf tank now;)

    Hope that helps.
  5. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    I agree.
    Bettas don't neeeeeed a filter (did I just say that? lol) as long as you're diligent with water changes.

    Watch the parameters and up the changes if need be.
  6. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    As long a there's stuff in the tank, there will be bacteria.
  7. kellyiswickedValued MemberMember

    My boyfriend kept his betta without a filter for a long time and it was perfectly fine. The betta actually disliked having a filter because with his super long fins, the filter blew him and his food around like crazy. Even with a filter in place, it was turned off frequently.
  8. Faber1790Valued MemberMember

    I have my betta unfiltered right now. After the last filter broke I tried putting an airstone inside the sponge and she hated. I do a daily 15-20% water change and a 50% weekly. She's happier than ever and I never have nitrates.
  9. LorenHuskyValued MemberMember

    I had a Betta for over a year in an unfiltered tank that was probably about 1 gallon in size. I changed about 60-70% of the water once a week. He seemed perfectly happy until my brother decided to be nice and do a water change for me, and he went down the drain.. :(.
  10. MsheresyValued MemberMember

    Omg that's terrible!

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