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Old 08-09-2010, 07:28 PM   #1 
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Should I stop using a filter for my half moon?

So, I have this very nice looking half moon betta (King) that acts totally normal - swims, eats well, etc. The problem is his tail is splitting.

He is in a 5 gal. cycled tank with heat (a steady 80 - 81 degrees), filter, plants (both real & silk). Also a piece of IAL.

I have heard that half moons are VERY sensitive to water quality so I have been doing 2 50% water changes a week with gravel vac - all to no avail.

This morning I thought maybe the filter is responsible for the tail damage even though it is a VERY gentle filter (Whisper Internal 1 - 3 gal.) so I unplugged it & put the sponge in a different filter to keep the "good" guys alive. I just checked on him and he has blown a bubble nest - the first since I have had him!!!

So, should I just forgo the filter for him? And, if so, how many water changes a week?

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Old 08-09-2010, 07:32 PM   #2 
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I would DIY a sponge filter. That way he gets the benefits of a cycled tank but you can control the flow of the filter.
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:34 PM   #3 
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I would DIY a sponge filter. That way he gets the benefits of a cycled tank but you can control the flow of the filter.
A sponge filter is an option - I think I have a small one around here someplace - BUT if I opt to forgo filtration, how many water changes a week are needed on a 5 gal.?
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Just one 100% change.
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Just one 100% change.

OK - thanks. You know, I have a small internal filter I'm not using right now. I just may give that a try with King.

Are ALL half moons this sensitive or is he just "special"??? LOL!
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Every fish is an individual, but halfmoons have a lot of weight to carry around. All my fish do fine with weak filters, but my rosetail just couldn't live with it, so his tank is unfiltered. Sponge filters are weak enough to be suitable for most halfmoons, so hopefully that will work out for you.
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Well, I have a ton of guppy grass - maybe I will throw a handful in there tomorrow! :)
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I have covered the intakes of all my filters because of the dangers of fin shredding. This prevents their fins to be sucked in and weakens the flow of water.
The only time I forgot to do it I found my pastel's tail shredded in the morning Ugh!
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I haven't put any of my HM into cycled tanks yet. I got my first HMs back in May and didn't have the money to get a filter until recently. Now the tank is cycling and we'll see how they react to the flow.
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I have covered the intakes of all my filters because of the dangers of fin shredding. This prevents their fins to be sucked in and weakens the flow of water.
The only time I forgot to do it I found my pastel's tail shredded in the morning Ugh!
Hi! Thanks for the advice, but it isn't the intake (that is taken care of) and his fins aren't "shredded" per se, but rather they are spliting. It almost looks like he is turning into a crowntail!

I have to admit, he seems MUCH happier without any flow at all - BRAT!!!!
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