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Old 09-10-2011, 03:03 PM   #131 
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i searched aquarium sponge and aquarium filter baffle and most of what it came up with was the sponge filters. and the shaped sponges that fit those... i have a left over canister filter- filter sponge thing. could i just cut that to size and use it?
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Old 09-10-2011, 03:59 PM   #132 
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THAT"S what is was called. Filter Sponge. (i think.)
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Old 09-10-2011, 11:10 PM   #133 
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Aquarium sponge = filter sponge :)

You'll find them in the filter media replacement aisle. Any brand will do. I just happened to use an Aquaclear because it was cheap :>
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:46 PM   #134 
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I feel the stupid...
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:44 PM   #135 
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I finally got around to making the baffle today. I did not have a water bottle so I used a plastic drinking cup. Works great!
same here!
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Old 09-14-2011, 09:30 PM   #136 
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Yeah this is awesome, mad at myself for not looking at this before lol! I used an empty Powerade bottle, which is a bit wider than bottled water but still works great!
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:31 PM   #137 
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i finally baffled my filter... i did it the other day but forgot about posting a pic until now...

what do you guys think?!
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:27 AM   #138 
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Thank you fishcurl and ALS1104 for posting your sponge baffles. I was concerned about one of our boys injuring himself on the plastic baffle or getting stuck. I had an extra AquaClear sponge and followed your directions, fishcurl, and it worked like a charm. There is hardly any water movement now.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:57 PM   #139 
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Since most filters require a filter baffle to work for bettas, I figured I'd show a step-by-step tutorial on how to build one from an ordinary water bottle. Make sure that the bottle is clean and contained only water prior to using. Rinse in HOT water, but never bleach or use soap that could be absorbed by the plastic.

Step 1: You will need a water bottle, as shown below, scissors, and a piece of tape. Pretty simple right .

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Step2: Measure the approximate area of your filter outflow so you know how long the baffle will need to be cut.

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Step 3: Measure the amount of water bottle that you will need to cut. Note, do NOT use marker to mark your bottle unless you are certain to cut any marked areas off. I used sharpie just for the purpose of making it easy to see in pictures. A small slit in the plastic is the easiest way to mark the bottle.

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Step 4: Cut both ends off of the bottle so that you are left with the middle piece that you marked off.

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Step 5: Now you will need to cut the remaining ring lengthwise

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Step 6: Stretch one end of the curved plastic over the bottom lip of the outflow area, and tape the other end to the cover to keep it in place. Now when the water flows out it will hit the plastic and be redirected to the sides with much less force. Now plug your filter in and watch as you now have no surface current, but still have a filtered tank .

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This is good if you have a over the side of the tank filter if you have a "in tank" type of filter i recommend cloth. Thats what i use in my Betta Bow 2.5 tank
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Hmm, I made this baffle, with the water bottle, but the filter current still seems pretty strong (though MUCH less than it was!). Should I try adding the filter sponge as well?
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