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Filtration necessary in planted tanks?

I am planning on setting up a few low tech planted nano tanks for my bettas. I know that bettas are fine without filtration as long as they have frequent partial water changes; however, I am wondering if a lack of filtration has any effect on plants. The tanks would be small (2-3 gallons) so I wouldn't really have room for a power head or airstone for water movement. Will this effect my plants at all?

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Yes I believe it would. Without a source of water movment, you have no way of moving nutrients around the tank, and you will probably get alot of algae. I know that they sell small HOB power filiters that would work great.

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This filter is a popular choice for nano tanks.

http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...anofilterclear
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This filter is a popular choice for nano tanks.

http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...anofilterclear
Thanks for the recommendation. I'm placing an order for aquarium supplies pretty soon, so I'll have to add that to my list

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Yes I believe it would. Without a source of water movment, you have no way of moving nutrients around the tank, and you will probably get alot of algae. I know that they sell small HOB power filiters that would work great.
Thanks so much for the input. That definitely makes sense. I'll just go for the small HOB filters then. The only problem I have found with a lot of them is that I have trouble fitting them over the edge of my tank, lol. Maybe I can sand down the plastic rim inside the tank or something to help it fit better
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