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Old 09-28-2008, 10:51 PM   #1 
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Filter too Strong for Fish?

I just moved my little Betta from a one gallon tank to a ten. He seemed a little restless in the one gallon tank, and I had a ten gallon tank handy so I bought some toys, a filter and a heater for him.

I let the heater and the filter run for a while before I moved him in, but once I put him in, it became obvious that he wasn't used to swimming with such strong current! I moved the filter to another side of the tank hoping to subside its strength a little, which it did, but I still see him getting pushed around by the current.

I was wondering if he'll get used to the movements of the water and eventually be strong enough to stay still, or should I get a lower powered filter?

Any advice?

Thanks for your time!
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Old 09-29-2008, 04:39 AM   #2 
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You could get more plants and decorations in the tank to break up the flow a bit more, another thing you could do that sometimes helps is making a baffle for the filter. DIY instructions are here.
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Old 09-29-2008, 04:42 AM   #3 
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filter help you are covered :)
i just wanna say well done for getting your fish a bigger home. :)
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Old 09-29-2008, 02:19 PM   #4 
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If you only have one betta in there, chances are you don't need a really high powered filter. I would just get a cheap, smaller one. Glad to hear your betta has such a big home! :D
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:05 PM   #5 
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what type of filter? it may have an adjustable flow so you could lower it.
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Old 10-02-2008, 09:49 AM   #6 
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I saw the same problem with Mo's filter before I put him in, and I have to say, the baffle works! I made one for my small 3 gallon Eclipse3 system out of a 16 oz water bottle, and it is working like a charm. THANKS for posting the DIY directions, Flashy!

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