Hi all - just got my first betta! He is a beautiful blue/red Half Moon Betta named Reuben, and i'm madly in love with him. :)
I had him in a bowl to begin with, but just upgraded him to a 5 gal tank with heater, filter and plants which he loves. The issue is, while he loves the plants and roominess of the new tank, he absolutely HATES the filter. When i turn it on he struggles then lies sideways on the bottom under his moss ball. Unfortunately the filter doesn't have flow adjustment.
I want to be able to run the filter at least some of the time, so I got one of those clear plastic breeding boxes. If i dip it into the water next to him, he rolls right in - i don't have to net him and it doesn't seem to hurt his fins - and then i hook it inside the tank with the cover on it, so his temp stays consistent and he can remain in still water while i run the filter for a couple hours.
He looks relaxed in the box, but i wanted to ask on this forum if this is an ok solution or if it will stress him out to do this a few times a week.
Thanks for any help - i've kept fish before but not bettas, and i really want him to be healthy and happy.