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Old 01-15-2010, 10:08 AM   #21 
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Yeah.. Its also good because it keeps the filter from sucking in your betta's fins when he gets too close.. which can cause tears.
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:48 PM   #22 
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I think I'm going with the Eclipse 3 gallon or 5 gallon. I'll definitely be using your method for the filter
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:14 PM   #23 
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Oh.. If you go with the eclipse you'll have to buffer it a different way... because the filter is built into the hood its not shaped the same and will not work if you do the pantyhose.

The way you buffer an eclipse 3 is to take a sponge and boil it (to get anything out that may be in the sponge) then cut it to cover just the outflow. Then take a rubber band or two and wrap them around the entire filter over the bio-wheel. Cut notches into the sponge where the rubber band goes.

It sounds convoluted but its really not.. and you can't see the sponge at all so no one can tell its there. I can show you a pic when I get back to my dorm on Monday (home for the long weekend).
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:19 PM   #24 
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I ended up going with the Aqueon because it had a bow front and 5 gallons. The filter came with a carbon filter, so I'm going to replace it with a small sponge cut down to size.
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Old 01-16-2010, 05:37 PM   #25 
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i didn't cycled my two 5 gallon tanks (i have one male betta in each one) but i make water changes every two days so my betas are very healty
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I plan on doing water changes every few days until the tank is cycled. I like a cycled tank because it means less water changes (maybe 30% once a week after it cycles).
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