Originally Posted by Saburo
OK I got a nice deal on a 10 gallon tank and a young Betta male. I would like advice on low flow filters? I use whisper waterfall filters for my turtles but I think that is way too much movement for my Betta. Also i would like to add an albino cory catfish, or possible 3 or so neon tetras...would that be OK? Any other advice would be great!!!
Which filter are you looking at? I can guarantee pretty much any filter you're gonna buy will need to be baffled. A baffle helps dillute or reduce the flow of a filter's outtake (sometimes intake) and makes less surface disruption and wont make an underwater "jet" that pushes the fish around.
I'd advise you to get some aquarium sponge (or a filter/scrubber pad) and rubber band it around the waterfall, with some of the sponge submerged. It does the above and solves your problem :) The intakes on some filters are too strong for bettas with their long fins, so you might need to jam up the intake a little bit. I use seran wrap all mashed up to do this. It doesnt impede the filter, just slows it. Other members use filter media bags or clean panty hose.
A cory will need at least one "friend", better yet, two. These three fish and your betta should be all that's in the tank. The cories will need soft substrate (try sand) and places to hide, along with (probably) some live plants. Keep in mind that corries (and tetras) cannot be exposed to the same dose of many medicines as would your betta, which may make treating illness difficult. Cories like a max temp of 79'F, so do not allow the tank to get above that. They also require food that your betta may be tempted to eat, so be careful! No fat bettas here.
For tetras, they need at least 5 in a group. Again, only the tetras and betta should be added if thats what you go for. They will need lots of places to hide (mainly from the betta), like tall plants, pots, etc. If they dont have this, theyll get stressed and may contract disease or die. Neon tetras, like the cories, can be exposed to certain medicines like the betta, which makes treating them difficult. They also like to hang out and eat in the same spot as the betta, which may make feeding hard. Tetras like their tanks around 78'F, so again, keep it at that but not higher.
Tetras are fast. Fast enough, in fact, to catch up to your betta and nip
it's fins. This is a known problem with these fish, and it could happen. Your tetras may also be attacked and killed by your betta.
suggest you look into tank mates more. Please do research on them on your own and get more familiar with which ever (one) tank mate type you like. Both have special needs and will need special care.
I also suggest you get to know your betta more. Watch to see if he's aggressive (more so than normal), what he likes to do, etc. There isnt a rush to get fish, and waiting will assure you've properly researched (which I think you havent enough), which means the best life for the fish and less of a head ache for you.
Give it a few months. You may find you like just the one fish in there!