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Old 08-24-2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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Do I need an airstone in my five gallon tank?

I have 3 female guppies in there right now, but two of them are pregnant. So I will have fry soon. Right now I just have a hob filter...
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:38 PM   #2
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When my guppies bread on my 29 gallon I put them in a plastic container inside the tank with an airstone but I still had to change water every week. Now they are about 6 months old and are inside the 29 and they are really healthy and also they are starting to breed amongst each other now.
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I have a ten gallon grow out tank ready... I just new to know if you think I need an airstone.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:31 PM   #4
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I have a ten gallon grow out tank ready... I just new to know if you think I need an airstone.
IMO it can't hurt anything! Personally I have an airstone in all my tanks even in 5 g with my betta, just make sure it's not too powerful get one for 10 g tank and I think it will work great!
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:04 PM   #5
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IMO it can't hurt anything! Personally I have an airstone in all my tanks even in 5 g with my betta, just make sure it's not too powerful get one for 10 g tank and I think it will work great!
Ok, ill get the things I need next time im at my lfs. Would an air pump that came with a one gallon work?? Or is it not powerful enough?
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:23 AM   #6
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Ok, ill get the things I need next time im at my lfs. Would an air pump that came with a one gallon work?? Or is it not powerful enough?
Not sure if you already had the air pump you could give it a try and see. if not you can buy them relatively inexpensive I think my last one I bought was for a tank up to 70 gallons and was less than $30.
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:24 AM   #7
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In any tank airstones are always great to have!
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Do you *need* one? Probably not, but it won't hurt anything to add one.
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Be sure that you have a pre-filter over your hob or a sponge filter so it won't suck up the fry. The airstone is up to you.
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Be sure that you have a pre-filter over your hob or a sponge filter so it won't suck up the fry. The airstone is up to you.
Ya I have one. Just put it on last night...
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I will probably get an airstone in a while, but right now I don't have enough money. I have to wait for a few more weeks of allowance.
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I would recommend getting one. Most 5 Gallon HOB filter's I've seen have no virtually no water movement. I have a 5 Gallon and was having a problem cycling until I installed an airstone.
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I would recommend getting one. Most 5 Gallon HOB filter's I've seen have no virtually no water movement. I have a 5 Gallon and was having a problem cycling until I installed an airstone.
The filter I have on mine is for a ten gallon and pumps ninety gallons per hour.
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I don't run any airstones on my tanks, unless there is an illness.
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The issue is water movement. If your filter causes enoush surface disturbance to properly airate the water, then it is not necessary. I do not run on in my 5 gallon because the filter mixes oxygen into the water just fine. Of course, it wouldn't hurt. But, it does speed up algae growth IME.
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