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Old 09-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #1 
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how to tone down a filter

I bought a ten gallon aquarium kit with a divider to separate my two males. The filter is on on side, and I feel bad because one fish has a pretty strong current. The filter isn't too strong, but when he swims past it, it pushes him around.

I really don't think I can afford a different filter right now, I'm asking is there a way to cover the filter somehow?
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:02 PM   #2 
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Make a water bottle baffle!
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:23 PM   #3 
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What's that?
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:34 PM   #4 
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It's pretty easy. All you need are scissors and a water bottle. Just use the bottle to baffle the filter outflow
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:31 PM   #5 
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Oh, so you just cut the bottle to cover the filter and it tones down the flow?
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:00 PM   #6 
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You can use the water bottle, but be very careful of the edges, if they're sharp your betta can get stuck in there and be seriously injured. You'd be shocked what they try to cram their little bodies into...lol!

You can also use a piece of sponge/foam, just stick it into the outflow on your filter and let the bottom drape into the tank. This will cut the flow down to almost nothing and gives more BB for the cycle as well, which is nice. :) And they can't get hurt on it, which is another plus. :) You can glue the sponge to the filter, you can rubberband it on, or on some filters you can just shove it in there and it'll stay put.

Either option works, but I wanted to give you the B option just so that you could have some more information. :)
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:45 AM   #7 
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+1^

Neither solution is elegant, but foam has fewer risks; plus is easier and more adjustable.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:20 PM   #8 
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I have a water bottle, but the sharp ends worry me.
Just any kind of sponge? Like any specific types?
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:42 PM   #9 
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I've seen lots of people say they've baffled their filters with a sponge, but I, too, am wondering what kind of sponge and where to get it. I'll be watching this thread for further replies. :)
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Some member suggest car wash sponge,not kitchen sponge or anything that might have chemicals in it. Because you can't tell for certain, I recommend aquarium sponge.
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