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all that ammonia build up with only a once a week water change, and other fluctuations wouldn't be healthy.
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Agree with what @Nordic stated above. I never said it couldn't be cycled, a fish produces ammonia you know... no one said it couldn't be cycled
You didn't say it couldn't be cycled, but you mentioned ammonia build up, which implies that there is no cycle.
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Yea ^ you said that ammonia build up would be an issue, though you could just cycle the tank. I would probably agree if you said that 2.5 gallons isn't enough space for a betta but you didn't mention that.


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I would agree on the airstone... just go with a small sponge filter off of amazon. I use them for all my tanks (including a betta) and they work great! Their especially good for bettas, since they aren't powerful swimmers.

Here's one that I'd suggest... https://www.amazon.com/XINYOU-XY-283...=sponge+filter

That one might be too tall for a 2.5, but there are smaller models that would work for you!
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Here's one that I'd suggest... https://www.amazon.com/XINYOU-XY-283...=sponge+filter

That one might be too tall for a 2.5, but there are smaller models that would work for you!
And they all take AGES to deliver! I'm still waiting on 3 I ordered last month, should be hear end of this month or next month!

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I've always been confused on those, what do you do when they eventually get covered in muck? I would think swishing it around in old tank water would get rid of a substantial amount of bacteria?


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I've always been confused on those, what do you do when they eventually get covered in muck? I would think swishing it around in old tank water would get rid of a substantial amount of bacteria?
Probably no worse than the bacteria getting knocked off of fluidized bed filter media. The strong survive and the old and dead get knocked off and washed away.

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I've always been confused on those, what do you do when they eventually get covered in muck? I would think swishing it around in old tank water would get rid of a substantial amount of bacteria?


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Probably no worse than the bacteria getting knocked off of fluidized bed filter media. The strong survive and the old and dead get knocked off and washed away.
When I ran a sponge filter in my 5g setup (that I no longer have) I would change it by putting a new sponge on, knocking/briefly rinsing all the bigger debris off, and paperclipping the old one to the side of the tank for a few hours next to the new one.

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And they all take AGES to deliver! I'm still waiting on 3 I ordered last month, should be hear end of this month or next month!
I made the mistake of ordering one without Prime shipping... still waiting for one I ordered a month ago. If you wait until one is available with Prime, they come a lot quicker!

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When I ran a sponge filter in my 5g setup (that I no longer have) I would change it by putting a new sponge on, knocking/briefly rinsing all the bigger debris off, and paperclipping the old one to the side of the tank for a few hours next to the new one.
You can get the ones with 2 sponges attached, and then you can clean 1 at a time, then you're not risking your cycle! But your method sounds good too! I might steal that idea to clean one I've got running in a 10 gallon haha.
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