Fluval spec V gal too strong current?

Vivo

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I just got a female betta and put her in a Fluval spec 5 gallon. Has anyone noticed if the current is too strong? If so, what can I do about it?
 

redhalfmoonbetta

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Some have mentioned that there is a pre-filter sponge Fluval makes that you can put on the intake, which reduces the flow.
 

Koneko

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When I had bettas in the Fluval Spec V, I used the pre-filter sponge on the intake because the current is strong. I just recently set one up again, and just bought another pre-filter sponge to use on the intake.
 

MomeWrath

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I have a regular cylinder-type prefilter sponge that I put over the OUTPUT, not the intake, to buffer the current. The pre-filter sort of wedges on the side closest to the glass and holds itself in place. Buffering the intake slots won't slow how fast the pump pushes water out.
 

Gudgie

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The pump on the filter should be adjustable. If you look on the side of it, there’s a small slider with a + and -. I’d push it all the way toward the minus if possible - that’s what I had to do with my betta, and he’s been fine with it.

Otherwise, you can put a sponge on the output as others have suggested, or you can make a DIY spray bar as described in this post:
Fluval Spec Spray Bar Mod (complete With Part Numbers) | 360481 | Filters and Filtration
 
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Vivo

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Thanks. Just ordered the pre filter.
 
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Vivo

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Do u find the intake too strong?
 

Gudgie

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Vivo said:
Do u find the intake too strong?
No, he’s never had an issue with the intake. Since I’m debating adding shrimp to the setup, I may add mesh or a sponge to the top by the intake to make sure those can’t get sucked into the filter. But my betta is fine :)
 
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