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Old 05-03-2011, 10:58 PM   #1 
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My fish just swam into the filter

I was chatting online with a friend from home, looked over at "Hestia's" tank and saw him looking at the filter, which he usually does. I looked away one second, and the next I saw his tail waving from inside the filter. I usually keep the water level slightly above the lip of the filter to reduce any current.

I unplugged the filter and turned it on its side in the water and pulled out the cartridge slightly. "Hestia" swam out, a bit dirty and stressed but no worse for the wear.

I have a Whisper 10i filter for 1-3 gal tanks. I'm afraid of turning the filter back on in case he can fit down the tubing and get stuck. Am I just overly paranoid?
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:03 PM   #2 
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is it possible to rubber band a sponge to block Hestia from getting in it again?
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:04 PM   #3 
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You could try putting pantyhose over the outflow part of the filter. I have used pantyhose both to baffle my filters and to prevent any accidents ever since my first betta got sucked up the intake tube.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:06 PM   #4 
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He didn't get sucked up.

The filter has a cover, but it broke off and was a pain to keep on, so I threw it out. Basically the filter is an open cup with a cartridge. Air tubing is attached to the bottom.

I could baffle the filter to keep him from swimming further in,but it's after midnight and I have no supplies.

He literally swam into the mouth and down in the body to explore. That fish will bet he death of me.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:13 PM   #5 
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Is there any way to tape a temporary cover to it? Like if you have any used containers like a sour cream cover might be able to do it.. just tape it over it and hope for the best for over night. If I had that same filter I'd be able to give better suggestions D= mine are the bigger ones.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:15 PM   #6 
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Oh I know he didn't get sucked up, your filter is an internal one, right? So they can't really get sucked into those. I'm just saying what happened to me, what prompted me to start covering my filters.

If I were you I would just turn the filter off until you can get to the store and get the filter baffled. If he's done it once, he could try it again, and it's best not to take the chance.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:15 PM   #7 
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Sorry for the typos - it's been a long night.

He didn't go in the filter again. He was stress striped when I got him to swim out, so I'm going to keep it shut off for tonight and figure out what to do tomorrow. Half my room is already packed, so there's not much I can do right now.
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:15 AM   #8 
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I have the same filter. The best advice I can give is to drop the water level in the tank (yes it will increase the current), and then use a sponge to baffle the output to reduce the chance of it happening again.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:19 AM   #9 
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I'm free tomorrow (no classes!) so I'll probably get to a store and buy some baffles. I do plan on updating my filters at home anyway, so it'll be a temporary fix. Thanks for the help! He was still swimming around this morning so I assume he hasn't tried to explore the filter again. That boy scares me sometimes.
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:24 AM   #10 
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Sometimes bettas are just too curious for their own good!
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