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Old 11-21-2012, 07:52 PM   #1 
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Angry UGH! Filter issues.

My fishes tank came with a small filter. So far, its been working out just fine. Until today, when I came home from work and poor Felix was STUCK inside of it. I had to turn it off and dismantle it. My sweet boy is okay, his fins are a little frayed but he is fine now. Now, not sure if I should just get a new filter, or not have one at all since Felix is so curious.. what do you guys think??
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:34 PM   #2 
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What size tank do you have, if I may ask. Some of the smaller tanks(1-3 gallons) have a harder time cycling and that is the primary reason to have a filter. If you're within that range you can forego a filter and just do your regular water changes.

If you have a larger tank I can also recommend that you should fill in the openings and holes with some filter media or a small hole mesh to prevent your fish from getting trapped.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:12 AM   #3 
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^^^definitely leave the filter out if its a small gallon tank. If you really want a filter I would go with something that is adjustable so you can control the flow and intake. Fluval makes this sponge that goes around the intake to prevent fish from getting hurt.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:46 PM   #4 
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+1 i don't even cycle my 5.5 gallons tank. But you need to acclimate the betta properly if you will do 100% water changes. I do 1-50 and 1-100% weekly even for my 5 gall.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:18 PM   #5 
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His tank is a 2 gallon. I took the filter out, and I'm just going to keep up with the water changes. He started making bubble nests since his filter is gone, how strange!
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:38 AM   #6 
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Do either 100% every 4-5 days or 1-50 and 1-100% weekly. Just make sure you introduce your betta slowly to the new water.Make sure you don't shock him with drastic temperature difference. I usually just add small amount of the new water to the changing cup for a few times and let him acclimate in it for like 4 min. I do it about 3 times. This way he will get used to the temp difference.




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