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Old 08-20-2012, 01:07 PM   #1 
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More attractive baffle solution?

Hey guys. Aqueon Evolve8 owner. Even with the pump turned all the way down, it's too strong for my poor betta.

Just saw the baffling thread and five minutes later installed my c-shaped water bottle chunk on my filter output. Mr. Fishie and I are thrilled. He can actually swim in his tank now! I found he had vacuumed himself to the filter intake last night, presumably to get some relief from the strong current the filter produces, but I had to turn it on to try and clear my brown water (suspecting the driftwood I put in) Poor Mr. Fishie. He was able to get himself off pretty easily, though, after I did a few "are you dead?" taps on the tank wall, so I assume he voluntarily placed himself there.

So I did the water bottle baffle and it's working fantastically. The pump is humming happily, Mr. Fishie's sitting in beautiful suspension mid-tank, and I'm feeling good. Only thing, though...

It's so ugly!

Anyone have any ideas of more attractive baffling solutions? I mean, I guess it isn't too bad (it is clear after all) but I'd really like to try something else.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:40 PM   #2 
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Unfortunately I don't know of any way to baffle a filter and still make it look...decent. Maybe just plant some plants infront of the filter to try and hide it?
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:56 PM   #3 
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I've got one of these sponges on most of my tanks, and it works fairly decent but also doesn't look half bad. It also keeps any fins from getting shredded by the intake.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:43 PM   #4 
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I use black aquarium sponges to baffle the filter.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:27 PM   #5 
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You could grow some moss over the plastic bottle to disguise it a bit. I grow moss down the outflow of my HOB filters to baffle it, and it looks much nicer than a big wad of filter sponge.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:44 PM   #6 
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You don't need a baffle just restrict the intake. I use plumbers teflon tape. I take off the intake basket and wrap some around the pipe so that it extends past the pipe creating a smaller opening. Then I just put the basket back on to hold it in place. If you seal the hole then just cut a small hole and test and repeat till you get the desired results.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:27 AM   #7 
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I don't know if the Aqueon tank has the same type of filter as the Fluval Spec, but what I do is place one of the pieces of driftwood I have in my betta's tank directly in front of the Spec's output, but not close enough to cut off the water flow entirely. This baffles the flow by creating an obstruction in the water's path, and there's no need for a piece of sponge anymore. If the filter is adjustable, turn down the flow to the lowest setting so that he won't get suctioned to the intake anymore.

Also, most long-finned bettas require some time to get accustomed to the current that a filter provides, and once they've built up some muscle, they do perfectly fine.

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