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Old 10-08-2010, 04:03 PM   #1 
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Question What's the best filter?

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So I have a small 5.5 gallon tank that I have cycled and put my Betta fish in. He seems very happy but I'd like to put a filter in there. I bought a Whisper 10i but when I started the filter it seemed that the current was too strong and he was struggling to swim so I immediately turned it off. Can anyone recommend a better filter to use for the little guy? thanks!
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:05 PM   #2 
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I'm not sure if I read this correctly, but it sounds like you do not have a filter in your tank, correct? If so, I'm sorry to say that your tank is not truely cycled.

On a different note, if you already have a filter, and its current is too strong, you might want to consider baffling your filter to reduce the flow. It's very easy to do and pretty much only requires a plastic water bottle :)
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:17 PM   #3 
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Without a filter, a cycle is pretty much unsustainable. You could get a HOB/power filter and baffle it (reduce the intensity of the water flow) using a sponge.
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:52 PM   #4 
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Thanks everyone for their quick replies! I had the whisper 10i in the tank for a month before adding zeus and did water testing. I meant to type in "new" filter :) When I acclimated him into the tank I realized the current was way too strong and saw him struggling. I don't know much about HOB or the water bottle technique. How is that done and also with a sponge to baffle?
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:07 PM   #5 
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Baffling a HOB filter with a sponge is the way to go, IMO! One of our posters here lost a betta to the bottle baffle method when the fish swam into the bottle, got stuck & drowned. :(

With the sponge, you just rubber band an aquarium sponge/foam to the front of the filter where the water flows back into the tank. Pull the sponge up for more flow, down for less. AND it's one more place for the good bacteria to grow! :) :)

Here is a pic of one of my tanks so you can see what I am talking about.
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Wow thanks so much! The picture you provided is great and really helpful! luckily I do have a sponge laying around cause I bought aquaclear 3 pack of sponges for my other tank! Thanks again
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You're more than welcome! :)
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