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Old 06-24-2009, 12:47 PM   #1 
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Current in Tank? Need a new filter?

I'm something of a newbie to aquariums (and the forum), so forgive me if the answer to my question seems pathetically obvious.

I have a twenty gallon aqua-terrarium (so it's about 3/4 full, with a "log" sticking out of the water) with two female betta, two small algae eaters, and snails (blasted Petsmart plants). The filter is one of the kind that hangs from the inner wall of the tank and shoots out filtered water near the surface. It makes a noticeable current in the tank.

There isn't any real current to speak of inside the "log".

I've been seeing in certain threads on the forums that betta don't like currents; I know that they're essentially ditch fish. Sure enough, mine tend to hang out inside the log or between the filter and the aquarium wall. They will occasionally appear to "play" in the current (swimming into the output of the filter, being pushed into the current, and then swimming out of the current and back around again), but I don't know enough about betta psychology to really interpret the behavior.

Should I be worried about the current stressing my betta? Should I downgrade to a less powerful filter? I don't think one of those filters that sits on top of the tank, sucks water up, and then waterfalls it back down would work well with the aqua-terrarium setup. I've tried an undergravel filter in the past and grew to despise it. Any other suggestions?
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:56 PM   #2 
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Hello and welcome to FishForum. Its nothing to worry about. Some bettas hate current and some like to play in it. Yours seem like they like it.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:38 PM   #3 
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NO! Don't change the filter if they are swimming in the current! Betta's either love the current or hate it! I have a male Betta in a 10 Gallon Tank and he loves it! He spends the better part of the day just swimming against it then going back to the end of the current a swimming against it again. If they swim in it then it means they are having fun
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:41 PM   #4 
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i just got a female today,my males love their currents and their bubbles,and it seem this young(shes very small still) lady loves it too(",) i doubt you need to worry if they having fun.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:39 PM   #5 
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Two females? I heard when only two females are placed together they fight like males.

I have one who rides the current for hours. It depends on the personality of the betta.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:00 PM   #6 
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The more females you have in a tank the better. Two might get territorial but some times it can work. Personally I would never get less then four but it depend son the size of the tank.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:08 PM   #7 
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Thanks so much for the replies, everybody. I'm really relieved.


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The more females you have in a tank the better. Two might get territorial but some times it can work. Personally I would never get less then four but it depend son the size of the tank.
I haven't had any problems with either becoming aggressive, but...does this mean I have an excuse to get more? ;)
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:16 PM   #8 
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Thanks so much for the replies, everybody. I'm really relieved.

I haven't had any problems with either becoming aggressive, but...does this mean I have an excuse to get more? ;)
Yes!
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:17 PM   #9 
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If they are getting along fine then I don't know if it would be wise to put more in there. It might upset the females already in there and cause fights.
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Old 06-27-2009, 09:09 PM   #10 
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Will a smallish current prevent a male from making bubble nests?
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