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Old 03-18-2009, 12:53 PM   #1 
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Question Filter Question...

I am just FULL of questions!!!

Right now, I have a filteration system that hooks to the top of the back of the tank with filter and what not, it does cause a current in the water...I also have read, that isn't too good for the Bettas.

Is there a specific filter I should invest in for him??

In his first tank, there was an under gravel air pump/filter...

What should I be using for him in his new tank?

He is in a 10 gallon aquarium now...

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Old 03-18-2009, 06:57 PM   #2 
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a bit of water current isn't really bad. They just dont like a strong current.
My 5 gallon seemed to have to strong of a suction, so i just put a piece of sponge in the bottom and it has drastically reduced the current...

btw, questions are good. Ask as many as you feel that you need.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:56 PM   #3 
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my bettas seem to like sponge filters alot
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:33 PM   #4 
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A sponge? I apologize, but I am really lost...can you explain it to me...sorry.

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Old 03-19-2009, 12:45 PM   #5 
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I think you can control the flow better with a sponge filter. Also, a betta can't get sucked into a sponge filter. I read that people who have fry use them so the fry won't get sucked into the filter.
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:55 PM   #6 
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So it hooks up to an air pump and is the filter?

Does it attach to anything or does it float around?

The current isn't bad, I just rather be safe than sorry, ya know?

I want the best for my boy
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Old 03-19-2009, 01:05 PM   #7 
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I think they are attached to an air pump, at least according to my aquarium book. They might be hang on back filters, I'm not sure. I don't use filters so I don't know much about them, just what I read.
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Old 03-19-2009, 01:22 PM   #8 
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thanks so much...it is more than I know...my little man is happy, so that's all that matters.
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You're welcome. I'm sure someone else can tell you a lot more. lol
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:15 PM   #10 
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Sounds like you have a hang on back filter. Nothing wrong with that, in fact I think they're the easiest to clean ;) Is your tank already cycled? If it is cycled, or in the process of cycling you do not want to replace the filter as this is where much of the benificial bacteria form. If your betta doesn't mind the current, then I don't think you have to worry about it, especially in a 10 gallon where there are plenty of other places to swim. some of mine even like a small current. If you're worried about his fins getting stuck in the intake, then you can always tie a bit of nylon over the tube where the water is sucked up. I do this on all my filters just to make sure. If you find out that the filter is creating too much current, then I can certainly take a picture of my not so pretty, but effective baffle that I made for one of my tanks. It's certainly a lot cheaper than buying a whole new filter!

I'd stay away from undergravel filters. They just are a reciepe for trouble in how they trap debris and bacteria under them and can't be taken out to clean without a huge mess.
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