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Old 03-02-2013, 08:52 PM   #1 
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betta darting

Hi. So I did my first water change today. About 25% on my 4 gallon filtered tank. Later in the day I noticed my betta darting back and forth in front of tank. Not normal behavior for him. I finally decided to shut of the filter and feed him one pellet. As soon as I turned off the filter he calmed right down. I turned the filter back on a minute or two later and he started darting again. He didn't have a problem with it before. Any ideas of what I should do or what's wro.g.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:46 PM   #2 
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Hi. So I did my first water change today. About 25% on my 4 gallon filtered tank. Later in the day I noticed my betta darting back and forth in front of tank. Not normal behavior for him. I finally decided to shut of the filter and feed him one pellet. As soon as I turned off the filter he calmed right down. I turned the filter back on a minute or two later and he started darting again. He didn't have a problem with it before. Any ideas of what I should do or what's wro.g.
I suppose if he acts fine when filter was off, I'd keep the filter off unless you have a tank larger than 2.5g. If it is >2.5g tank, then try to baffle the flow to make the water outflow gentler and see if it helps.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:59 PM   #3 
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I had the same issue with my 5 gallon. Forgot to plug the filter back in one day after a water change, plugged it in that night, and wow, you wouldn't believe the tantrum I witnessed! It was like once he knew still water was an option, he wouldn't stand for anything else.

At the moment I've got a thin chunk of sponge tied over the filter. The outflow is so gentle now that Magnus can sit right in front of the filter without a problem, and I get to keep the water filtered. Everyone wins!
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:35 AM   #4 
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Man I must be one tiger betta mom then. lol! my betta eats everything, takes all kinds of current.... (bit his tail once tho), puts up with me moving him from a 2.5 to an unfiltered half gallon then a 1 gallon when I was switching up tanks....and is often baby sat in someone else's tank when I go overseas.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:36 AM   #5 
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He's still doing it this morning. Could it still be tantrum? I will buy a sponge later today and try it. I will also check water levels, just in case. Thanks!
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:04 AM   #6 
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Okay he is slowly starting to calm down. But still darting a bit. Man that was one big tantrum. I will still get a sponge for output.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:02 AM   #7 
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One of my boys, Sassy, has major tantrums when anything in his tank changes. Like, when I turned up the flow on his sponge filter a tiny bit, he freaked out. I turned it down, he still flipped for a while but then calmed down. Changed the background, he wasn't having it at all.

Once I tried to put him into another tank (his brother's tank...tried to switch them). OMG. It was terrible. He just paced the back glass like a little robot. When I put him back, it took him like three days to calm down.

They can tantrum, and it's almost never small when they do. Eventually yours will get used to water changes and the routine of filter off/filter on, but it might be rocky for a bit. Hopefully that sponge helps a little.

Silly fish. When they're good, they're great, but when they're bad they're terrible!~
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:09 PM   #8 
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He finally calmed down. I did get a filter sponge today and attached it to the output spout. Water is so calm. He is loving it. Thanks for all your help.
On a side note: so sad seeing all the poor bettas in the pet store today in cups. One dead. One looked very sick. If I could I would have taken him home. But guess u can't save them all.
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He finally calmed down. I did get a filter sponge today and attached it to the output spout. Water is so calm. He is loving it. Thanks for all your help.
On a side note: so sad seeing all the poor bettas in the pet store today in cups. One dead. One looked very sick. If I could I would have taken him home. But guess u can't save them all.
I've been having the same "tantrum problem" since removing one of my betta's plants (darting, pacing, hiding, etc.)... Could you please tell me which filter sponge you used so that I can try the same remedy?
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I use filter foam. It has a little bit larger holes so the water flows through it easier, but it works and I just stuck it in my filter near the outflow because I have an internal filter. I think the brand is fluval and you can get it at petsmart or Petco. They also have large pieces of filter sponge that need to be cut down, but if you have one of those carbon cartridges, I think its better to replace them with sponge or foam and also add more sponge or foam if there is room because more space for BB to grow is always good..

Edit: I also wouldn't turn the filter on and off if he's having a tantrum, because you'll just cause ammonia spikes by doing that.
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