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Old 03-27-2010, 02:37 PM   #1 
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Anyone else have issues with having their betta like the intake filter?

So it seems my betta likes to swim by where the filter intakes the water because within a matter of just an hour or so, my betta got a pretty torn up tail fin. I've been battling fin rot, but since I moved him to a normal tank that's not a biorb, I don't seem to have that issue.
The damage that's done to his tail looks like inflicted damage, not fin rot.
Anyone have any suggestion on what I can do to still have a filter and to deter my betta away from it?
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Old 03-27-2010, 02:55 PM   #2 
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Cover up the intake with some filter floss, or sponge or something along the lines of that. But you probably don't want anything too entirely thick, otherwise the filter might just stop .
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Old 03-27-2010, 03:00 PM   #3 
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Filter floss? Where would I get that?
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Old 03-27-2010, 03:04 PM   #4 
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(I use sponge, personally) I was told you could get it at an LFS, like Petsmart, but I've actually never seen it myself...probably because I didn't even look for it, ha.

Also, I think pantyhose would work too. But try to get one that's NEVER seen soap before.
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Old 03-27-2010, 03:14 PM   #5 
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I tried to block the bottom of my filter off with plants, hoping he wouldn't swim near it, but alas, my attempt failed. This filter is different from any of the filters I've had before, it intakes at the bottom and it's square shaped. How would I use sponge?
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Old 03-27-2010, 03:20 PM   #6 
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I used a small one of these. I just rubberbanded it around the intake.

http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...m?pcatid=13961
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Old 03-27-2010, 03:22 PM   #7 
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Yeah, i wouldn't do plants. I tried that before, he decided to sleep in it. So that was a no-go, haha.

Oh geeez, how to explain. Hmm. Well you might need a pretty darn big sponge, and it DOES matter which sponge, because a heft majority of regular house-sponge contain chemicals that aren't too good for fish. You could go to a fish store, and buy some of their sponge because obviously it's okay to put in a tank. Ha :)

Once you get the sponge, cut a hole in it with a knife. Cut it deep, cut it big, depends on your filter out-take. If you're not careful, it can rip easily. Once you have a decent hole that the intake can go through decent (you will have to shove anyway) put in the intake tube and try to "slip the sponge on." Then I cut off all the excess, and I THIN it a little too, because like I said earlier, I don't want to completely block off the filter. Plus it kinda slows down flow.


Now that I think about it, it might be hard, I just got lucky with my sponges, hah. I would probably recommend the pantyhose better, if you have one.
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Old 03-27-2010, 03:23 PM   #8 
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I made a cover for my intake tube. It is plastic canvas sewn together. Took me about half an hour to make. Fish poop and other things can still get through the holes too. :)



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Huh. I have plastic mesh too - so you sewed them together? Using what?
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