So, a couple weeks ago I got three new bettas. Spot, the betta in question, is in his own 14 gallon tank downstairs in my room with me. I have a filter for the tank, it is literally built on the tank, kind of like those minibow tanks.
I have both the intake and the outtake baffled to reduce current. However, knowing Spot had been in a tiny aquablock-thing in the petstore, I kept the filter off knowing he would have no muscles for the little current. So for the past two weeks or so I've kept it off, but I really want to cycle my tank so I can add tankmates one day, you know?
Spot is TERRIFIED of the filter current. He hates it. He can swim out of the current, but he doesnt like it at all. He clamps his fins a bit and swims around a little crazily. He looks pretty stressed while it's on. I turned it on today, and he was just miserable. Left him for awhile to get used to it, but he hasnt, so I turned it off.
Without it on, he's happy as a clam. If I give up on ever cycling, I guess that's okay, but meh. A film develops on top of the water a bit too, which I know is due to the water not circulating.
So, Do I leave the filter on during the day when I can watch him to make sure he's okay, then turn it off at night until he seems to be used to it to the point I can have it on all the time?
Or do I keep it off and give up on ever having tankmates?
Sorry for long post >_< lemme know what you think!