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Old 04-06-2010, 09:01 AM   #1 
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2 concerns about my new betta

I got a new crowntail betta from petsmart last night. His name is Redsnow. I have a few concerns about him.

1. He seems to struggle to eat his pellets. He grabs them but can't seem to keep them in his mouth. I got him Wardley betta food from wal-mart. This food here. Should I get flakes instead?

2. His pump is too strong. He gets blown around by it. So i only keep it on for minutes at a time. Should I try to get a less powerful pump or forget about it. Also does the pump hurt him since he gets blown around by it?

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Old 04-06-2010, 09:14 AM   #2 
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Try crushing the pellets. Wardley's are very big pellets and he may be too small to eat them. You can also try other brands of pellets to see if you find a smaller one.

What kind of pump is it? There is probably a way to buffer it but I would need to know what type of set up you have.
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What kind of pump is it? There is probably a way to buffer it but I would need to know what type of set up you have.
It appears to be a great western trading (gwt) model 12200. Its round and the tank sits on top of it.
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I'm not familiar with that. Is it an air pump or a filter of some sort? What size is the tank.
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I'm not familiar with that. Is it an air pump or a filter of some sort? What size is the tank.
Its an air pump. I'm not sure what size the tank is but I think its about 3 litters. That's about how much water I put in it.
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Old 04-06-2010, 12:41 PM   #6 
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Try getting one of those valves that restrict the air flow... can't remember what they are called. Your air pump may be too powerful for a small tank like that.
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Old 04-06-2010, 02:06 PM   #7 
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try to put something at the exit of the pump to low the power ;)
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Old 04-06-2010, 04:28 PM   #8 
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You could try those airstones to put at the end of the tube. http://www.google.com/products?q=air...ed=0CCMQzAMwAg
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:12 PM   #9 
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Yeah, you do not need to stress out a new fish with too much water flow.
In nature they live in stagnant water sometimes, and prefer little flow.


The way your tank is set up can you place something there that the water hits first before it goes into the rest of the tank, slowing down the flow?
I would get another filter if you can not slow this one down.

1fish2fish is right about the pellet size.
Good advice there.
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:16 PM   #10 
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Personally I would recommend a bigger tank. Call me picky, but 3 liters is too small. I recommend at least 2.5 gallons (5 gallons optimal) for better housing. (I believe 3 liters is less than a gallon).

If it's an airpump, you could restrict the air-tubing by squeezing it, tying a rubber band, and it should slow down the air.
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