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Old 07-19-2013, 08:24 PM   #1 
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Should I beef up my baffle?

I switched from the standard pop bottle baffle to sponges due to concern about sharp edges. Since I made the change, boyfish has been swimming near the surface more, though it looks like there's a pretty strong downward current thanks to the sponge not fitting directly against the outflow.

Here's a video showing the current setup and the signs of the water's flow in the plants and on the surface.

http://youtu.be/SSZUBHPo4qM

Any thoughts? Boyfish avoids swimming directly under the outflow now, and the one time he did go under it, he was pushed down a good inch by the water current.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:44 PM   #2 
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I've had my flow that strong before, for brief periods, after cleaning sponges and gotta say my guy did not appreciate it. Couldn't quite tell from your video but I assume you have a HOB filter? You could try cutting a piece of plastic needlepoint canvas to fit over end of waterfall; tape in place onto filter box with electrical tape. This really dissipates the water flow while still allowing full filtration.
Canvas is cut like a small rectangle and taped on outside edges; don't allow tape to come into contact with water.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:49 PM   #3 
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I would say if you can baffle it more, do it. The betta is naturally used to and built for very calm waters.
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