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Betta tank filtered vs non filtered

I have a 10 gallon betta tank decently planted. I mainly bought a whisper 10i filter just to promote oxygen in the tank by keeping the water moving. Today I decide to clean the cartridge a little with old tank water since it looked like it had a lot of algae on it. The rest of the tank has no algae.

Well my question is since my cartridge came apart and I won't have one for a while is it even worth putting one in?? I hear activated carbon helps keeps the water clear. It's only a betta fish I've done water test and everything stays pegged at 0.
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The betta doesn't need additional oxygen in the water because they are labyrinth fish and have to take atmospheric oxygen. You don't need to worry about the dissolved oxygen levels.

I don't use carbon in my planted tanks because it competes with the plants for nutrients, but I do like to have some water movement in all of my tanks. I'd still plug it in just for that.

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The betta doesn't need additional oxygen in the water because they are labyrinth fish and have to take atmospheric oxygen. You don't need to worry about the dissolved oxygen levels.

I don't use carbon in my planted tanks because it competes with the plants for nutrients, but I do like to have some water movement in all of my tanks. I'd still plug it in just for that.
I know about the betta not needing it. I had it there for the plants since the suck up oxygen in darkness. I didn't know about the carbon competing for nutrients though. Thanks. It's plugged on just there's no cartridge.
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You don't need carbon, but you do need some kind of media in the filter. Bettas may live ok in a low oxygen environment, but you definitely want clean water!
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You don't need carbon, but you do need some kind of media in the filter. Bettas may live ok in a low oxygen environment, but you definitely want clean water!
Cool thanks. I still have some filter media ill cut some and throw in there.
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