A treat for your betta, stoppin the flow

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by ebbandflow, May 10, 2006.

  1. ebbandflowValued MemberMember

    I found this article on the web... I'm gonna do it and I think its a good idea. I'll try it sometime tomorrow and post back if it works.

  2. divakeeksValued MemberMember

    I checked this site out .... I do want to know if it works. However, Raspy likes to play in his current. He will sit right underneath it and play wtih the bubbles it makes. How can you tell if it's too strong for them?

    Also, why is it that bettas need heated/filtered water?

  3. mistycheriValued MemberMember

    It looks to me like it would just divert the current to the sides. Point is, you still have current. Maybe I'm not understanding how the diagram works. :-\

  4. ebbandflowValued MemberMember

    It directs the water towards a closer wall so the current isnt going accross your entire tank. The current is too strong if your betta is staying away from it or gets pushed into walls by it probably. I would think you dont have to worry about it if your lil guy is playin in it ;).
  5. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    They are tropical fish, their natural habitat is usually 78-80 F. The filter removes/converts their feces and urine into less toxic chemicals.
  6. ebbandflowValued MemberMember

    I think I might be misunderstanding you post Carol ???. But it doesnt stop your filter from working it just diverts the waterfall that an HOB would cause back towards the near wall so that it wont disturb the surface as much and also so there is not as much current within the tank (which i believe is better because their natural habitat is standing water.) Please correct me if I am wrong.
  7. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    Carol was answering divakeeks' question--

  8. ebbandflowValued MemberMember

    lol... right... see what I get for posting during finals week :p.
  9. inariWell Known MemberMember

    the set up looks like it will work I would appreciate if someone gave a full review of how they thought it works and btw how in the world to u clean the gravel mine reaks to high heaven I was wondering if i should just replace it or what I've been having to clean their tank ATLEAST once every otherday becuase it stinks up my room so bad pls help

  10. Joep606New MemberMember

    I set this up on my tank, and I am quite satisfied on how it worked. With a little messing around with it, I was able to actually divert the current to flow down the tube which sucks up water on my filter. With a little more modifying, I'm sure one could get the current to flow down the side of the tank. Or in other words, this works. You just got to fit it to your own situation.
  11. inariWell Known MemberMember

    thanx i really appreciate it :-D
  12. chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    you have an unfiltered tank, It is going to be dirtier than if you had filtration, but if you keep throwing out the gravel and stuff it still isn't going to keep it from having the formation of ammonia and the Nitrogen from the breakdown. It will also stress your fish way too much if you keep moving them in and out of the tank every day.

    There are very inexpensive small filters for tanks that are very small. They would do very well to help keep some of the smell down, but another part of the problem is that even with just 2 bettas in that tank you are overcrowded.

  13. inariWell Known MemberMember

    I'm actually afraid to ask but i'm going to anyway, how big of a tank should I have for two bettas anything bigger than what i have will be filtered. and how would u separate them if the tank does not come with a divider at all?
  14. chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    tank dividers can be purchased for most sized tanks, but it would be much better to get two 5 gallon tanks than one 10 galllon. They need distance between them and in the same tank is not going to work no matter how big it is. They are not compatible. Walmart has 5 gallon Hex 5 Ecliipse tanks for $29.95 here and they come with the filter and lighting. All you add is the gravel, heater, plants, and fish. (and any other decorations you may want)

    If you can't swing both at once, get one and then in a bit get the other. You will be doing cycling with fish unless you buy some Bio-spira to do an instant cycle (which would be the best for the fish) so it will be important to have the fish as healthy as possible.

  15. inariWell Known MemberMember

    "You will be doing cycling with fish unless you buy some Bio-spira to do an instant cycle (which would be the best for the fish) so it will be important to have the fish as healthy as possible."


    Thank you for that bit of info very helpful I'm curious tho the Bio-spira how much is that and where can i get it?


  16. ebbandflowValued MemberMember

    Its pretty expensive. And kind of hard to find in local stores (in my experience). And you have to make sure that it has been kept refrigerated (but not frozen) the entire time whoever you buy it from has had it. Some of us have ordered it online but it cost about $30. Buying it this way though ensures its quality.

    When I bought it I got it from:  

    It worked out great for me.
  17. ebbandflowValued MemberMember

    One modification that I made. In the part that was in the water I rounded the corners. Just so that Satin wouldnt rip his fins... again. Its working perfectly in my tank. He's not gettin pushed around anymore. So hopefully this will help him in his recovery.
  18. SunnShadowValued MemberMember

    Wow!!  What an amazing improvement!  I used it on my Whisper (2 - 10 gallon) filter, and the change is incredible.  Before, Floyd was getting sloshed around if he swam anywhere near the filter "mouth," and had even been knocked to the gravel once.  I had decided that I was going to have to buy a new "adjustable" filter, and was only plugging this one in when I was home so I could check on him frequently.  Now I can leave the filter running 24 / 7 as it should and not worry about him.
    One note:  I placed a bit of fliter sponge in the "U" shaped part of the plastic (under the filter "mouth") to further soften the flow of water.  I figure that this will also give the "good" bacteria a place to grow, as well as keeping the fish and frog from swimming through there and possibly getting stuck or injured.
    Thank you so much for posting this suggestion!!  (Floyd thanks you too!  ;D  Now he has nice, filtered water without all the thrashing and sloshing about!!)

  19. GwenzWell Known MemberMember

    I might try this in my Q tank. I don't have a HOB filter, but maybe I could change it a little so it will work. The flow of the filter in there is realy strong. Something needs to be done .... :-\

    Gwenz :)
  20. GwenzWell Known MemberMember

    I tried it, and it worked!! Brilliant! :)

    Gwenz :)

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