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Old 09-19-2011, 10:41 PM   #1 
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Sponge Filter, too much current?

This is my first thread, but anyways, I've set up my 10 gallon tank.

But just to be safe I've lowered the water line to only 8inches of water. Just did this to ensure my betta (Turbolater) doesn't jump out.

But now, with the intake tube the sponge filter is about 7.5inches high. I'm only worried because the bubbles being dispersed so close to the surface, may be bothering my betta.

Should I just remove the intake tube entirely, and just keep the sponge component?

Also how do you insert a picture??

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Old 09-19-2011, 10:42 PM   #2 
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You have to click "go advanced" right beside the "post quick reply" which will lead you to the advanced section. Scroll down and there will be a button for adding files.

Okay, well does he linger at the bottom of the tank? Does he seem to struggle against the filter?
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:56 PM   #3 
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You can purchase valves that connect to your airline tubing and can be adjusted to slow the flow of air to your sponge filter. They cost under five dollars and can be found in most stores with aquarium supplies.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:39 PM   #4 
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@LittleBettaFish yup already got 1 for a dollar

Here are some pictures, also another question is that judging from the bubbles. Is there enough filtration?

Or would it be better to remove the intake tube, and increase the air flowing for better filtration?
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:43 PM   #5 
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Is there a way to make a sponge filter? o.o;; I don't have a means of getting one here...
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:44 PM   #6 
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I'm pretty sure there are some tutorials on youtube.

But for a basic one all you need is air pump,tubing,and sponge
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:46 PM   #7 
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I got air pump, tubing... just need a sponge lol. Definitely looking it up... I have a good filter thing, similar to a sponge but not sure it is, so best to just get/make one lol
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What you have is fine. Sponge filters don't really produce that much current, mostly just surface agitation, which is why they work well in betta tanks.

Betta's don't really require much aeration because of their labyrinth organ, but what you have now should be providing more than enough oxygen for any beneficial bacteria growing on the sponge.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:59 PM   #9 
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well, it's for raising fry hey? And plus, spawning, my sponge like filter won't reach the water level I use xDDDD
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:29 PM   #10 
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Well Okay, I'll just leave the tank the way it is.

1 last question. If I've just introduced the betta, to do the cycling how often/how much should I do a water change?

Right now I'm doing 25% every 3days.
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