Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-06-2011, 09:19 AM   #1 
Littlebittyfish's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Florida
Exclamation Filter question, is it a must have?

Hey you all, I recently switched my betta Cleo to a 5 gallon tank earlier this week, he was originally in a 2 gallon tank with no filter, but I did frequent 50% water changes,. Monday night my nephew accidentally knocked over Cleo’s home, what a mess! I was so upset! But I quickly found Cleo and placed him in a container with clean water. His new tank however has a filter, and unfortunately it creates a super strong current. I have already created the baffle for the part where the water flows back into the tank. The part of the filter I am having trouble with his the part that goes down into the water and sucks the water up (I really hope that makes sense! ). Yesterday morning I woke up to find Cleo up against that part of the filter and it looked like he was stuck there, I ran over and unplugged the filter and he seemed to get himself free and swam away, I wasn’t sure if he was actually stuck there or just resting so I left it off for a little bit and later that day I turned it on and kept an eye on him for a little bit and again he got stuck against that part of the filter so I have shut it off again. He seems to be a lot happier when the filter is not on. This morning Cleo created his first bubble nest in his new tank, He wouldn’t do this with the filter on. My question is, is it necessary to have a filter for my 5 gallon tank? And if so how can I avoid the filter from hurting my fish. I don't want to cause him any more stress as my little fish has already had plenty of that this week.
Littlebittyfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2011, 12:19 PM   #2 
New Member
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Malaysia
poor Cleo going thru all this stress! bettas do not appreciate very strong currents, so he will be fine even without filtration, filtration is a good way to help to remove wastes and have more diluted oxygen in the water that is good for fish, however, bettas have a labyrinth organ that enables them to breathe atmospheric air, so they will be absolutely fine even without current or almost stagnant water. to cope with the waste, just perform your routine 50% water change or 100% water change with safe aged water . strong filtration and water movements will also discourage him to blow a bubble nest as in his natural habitat, the strong current will wash away the nest and the eggs .
brandonwlee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2011, 07:38 PM   #3 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Filter problem

I'd suggest you cover the filter intake with some fine cloth -- maybe an old nylon sock -- to reduce the suction and keep it on. It'll make it easier to keep your tank clean...

gbose is offline   Reply With Quote

filter suction

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
filter question AliciaH Betta Fish Care 0 06-05-2010 02:53 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:59 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.