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Old 02-28-2010, 01:49 AM   #1 
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Unhappy help filterflow is it enuf 2 keep them healthy

hi ive set up a 10 gallon tank this plants that i intend to keep 1 male betta in and as i did my research i became aware that they dont like too much water flow or surface disruption, so i got a sponge filter and a pump recomended for my tank size but having set it up the surface disruption is great but it doesnt seem to have much filtration, i read the air pump box and it is only cycling the tank volume 3.5 times!!! is that enuf to keep my betta healthy????? everythnig else checks out fine - ph, hardness, amonia etc.:
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:28 PM   #2 
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the normal underwater filters are too strong for bettas. ok for females but males hate them. i use a marina filter the sucks up the water at the bottom and lets it out the top in a fairly gentle curtain which doesnt cause alot of current at all. they are completely silent too.

you could also get something like this extension; it reduces current and is good for airation BUT its noisy
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:33 PM   #3 
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you could take a water bottle and cut it in half so it has a little lip. Then just hot glue it to the bottom of where the water comes out. it works great! and cheap
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:28 PM   #4 
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You don't need very much flow for one fish,
it's fine for 1 betta
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