Bettas and water turbulence?

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AnnaEA

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Since I was thinking of getting a betta for my tank, I picked up a betta book. And in my betta book it says that they need very still water, and that power filters (like the one that I have) create too much water turbulance.

Does any one else have experience keeping a betta with a HOB filter like the Whisper? Can they tolerate that much water movement? They're lovely lovely fish, but I don't want to get one if it's not suited to the conditions in my tank.

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I have heard that too, but I don't think you have to worry. Your betta will thank you for the filter, power filter or other!
 

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I have mine in a 10 with a power filter HOB and he just loves to stick his tail up into the current. I don't think you have anything to worry about Mine is so happy a quarter of the surface of the water is covered in his "happy bubbles" LOL!

What I would try to avoid is any extra water movement like air stones or bubble walls.. that may be too much movement for them
 

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It's true that Bettas come from practically stagnant water, and at the pet store are usually kept in cups with obviously still water. So, too much movement is stressful for a Betta. At the same time, Bettas need very clean water, and all filters create movement. What I would do is try to have the tank set up in such a way that plants block the flow in some areas. Keep in mind that Bettas are surface dwellers. Floating plants or plastic plants anchored at the top should provide some areas of stillness for your Betta.
 

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Just make sure that the tank has a place where your betta can go and be out of the current, and he/she should be fine.
 
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