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Old 04-03-2009, 11:07 AM   #1 
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Under gravel filter ok?

Hey all I just got a Betta fish and put him in a 3 gallon tank with an under gravel filter (airstone powered). I noticed that the filter does created light to moderate movement in the water, is that ok?

I ask because I normally see Bettas in small tanks without water movement.

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Old 04-03-2009, 11:43 AM   #2 
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All my betta's love water bubbles,
And it will keep your water surface clearer,

If it's new for your betta he might act scared/unsure of it at first.
it's best to control the flow with a valve and adjust it until you find out what he's comfortable with,

I personally removed all my underground filtration systems and just use gravel and the airstone or a bubble wall...

The one thing with bubbles/air stones,
Surface movement pretty much destroys bubble nests,
But if you don't plan on mating him then its not a problem....

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Old 04-03-2009, 02:54 PM   #3 
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I have a underground filter, powered with the airstone like you. It seems to work ok. I do'nt really like it. Doesn't seem to do as good as a job, but the water movement is fine. The bubbles freak some bettas out, mine got used to them pretty easily. and actually one of my bettas throw a fit if i turn off their filter, since they actually like the current...
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