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Old 09-29-2014, 07:18 PM   #1 
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filter vs. tank size

Hello - New Betta mom here. A few questions: I have a 5.5 gallon tank with a Tetra Whisper In-tank Filter 3i up to 3 gallon. I have various rocks, plants, etc to block some of the immediate water flow thinking that my beta would prefer that. Is this an ideal set up with a 5.5 gal tank & 3 gallon filter? Should my betta be constantly moving his fins or should the water be slow enough that my betta can stop moving his fins if desired? Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:27 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the hobby! :)

I have one of those filters in a 2.5g. It seems to work fine as a filter but I don't know if it would be ideal for a 5.5g. Generally you want equal or more filtration per gallon, but with bettas I'm not sure since they prefer very slow current. Hopefully someone with more experience with the concept will respond.

In terms of water movement, bettas have very delicate fins and are slow swimmers so they like the water to have very little current. I achieved this in my tanks using an air pump control valve and adjusting the flow until the filter gave as much filtration as possible but the betta wasn't forced down by the output of the filter if he swam under it. It took a bit to get the perfect balance but I feel it was worth it.

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Old 09-29-2014, 07:51 PM   #3 
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For me, I like getting filtration 3 times more then what I need on tanks. I actually stuck a sponge on the outflow of my canister filter for my betta 10g tank. It Pretty much has zero to very little current in his tank. If your really worried about filter size and want a bigger size. You can all ways find the right filter with adjustable flow.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:56 PM   #4 
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Personaly i would get a 5-10 gal rated filter, in my 5.5 i have a 10Gal rated filter and it works really well!
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:50 PM   #5 
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Thank you for your help
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