New Baffle for Bio-wheel filters to slow down the surface action.

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I came up with a new design for the Bio-wheel filters to baffle the water movement out of the outlet from the filter. It is made out of Plastic Canvas that has a 14 count (14 holes per inch) I bought 2 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" canvas in a package and used about 1/2 sheet to make this..picture to follow.

I attached it with 2 large paper clips (large being the operative word as the small ones won't do) It can easily be taken off and cleaned and replaced. I let it hang down into the water after making sure that the edges were smooth and the corners were curved.

Just fold down about 1/2" and hang it over the edge of the fliter tray and paperclip it in place and it does not stop the flow but diverts and spreads it out enough to really help the fish.

In the second picture of Nate and the edge of the baffle hanging down shows you the looks of it from inside the tank.
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I came up with a new design for the Bio-wheel filters to baffle the water movement out of the outlet from the filter. It is made out of Plastic Canvas that has a 14 count (14 holes per inch) I bought 2 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" canvas in a package and used about 1/2 sheet to make this..picture to follow.

I attached it with 2 large paper clips (large being the operative word as the small ones won't do) It can easily be taken off and cleaned and replaced. I let it hang down into the water after making sure that the edges were smooth and the corners were curved.

Just fold down about 1/2" and hang it over the edge of the fliter tray and paperclip it in place and it does not stop the flow but diverts and spreads it out enough to really help the fish.

In the second picture of Nate and the edge of the baffle hanging down shows you the looks of it from inside the tank.
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That's a good idea. I may try something like that with the hob in my 10 gal...
 

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Good idea! I will have to try that in one of my tanks. That plastic canvas sure comes in handy. ;D

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LOL and I try to make my flow HARDER. In my bio-wheel as it ages the flow slows down as stuff grows in the filter and my filter fibe slows it down a bit.

My questions, so it's just canvas? Can you buy this a craft store like joan fabrics?

Good idea
 
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I got mine from Amazon.com but I think Jo=an fabrics is where it came from actually. It comes in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets and 2 per package for about $2.00 per package it takes about 1/2 sheet to make one for the 12 gallon tank as the filter tray is quite deep. My betta has been more active since then as have the loaches although they are nutty all the time.

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Will have to look into that for my new filter I'm going to get if it's too strong.

Just for anybody who have the new design of the bio-wheels, there is already a little baffle though it may still be too strong for bettas on small tanks.
 

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I have a question. I can not decide if I should keep my Betta in 60 galloncommunity tank or put him back in to his first 6 gallon eclipse. 60 gallonhas 8 neons, 4 cories, 1 pleco and two platies , and by Betta has a mangled tale. I am not sure which one is doing it.Betta swims O.K.,comes up for food, swims in to air jet from power head, but most of the time hI hides under a plant.I a 6 gallon he spent most of his time behind intake @ the surface. Please help.
 

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HI nellie welcome to fishlore.
It sounds like the neons may be stressing out your betta. They are known fin nippers. He would be happier in his own tank. 6 gallon is a good tank for a betta.
 

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HI nellie welcome to Fish Lore

Sometimes people have luck with a betta in a community tank, however since his tail is mangled already, it would probably be a good idea to put him in the 6g.
Neons can be terrible fin nippers and the betta might also go after your other fish.

Give him time to get used to the 6g. Maybe he was hiding because the current was a little strong for him, can you decrease it somehow? Maybe put plants in front of the out take or use a baffle of some sort.
You can make it a fun place for him, some silk plants and maybe a cave for him to play in.

We'd love to see some pics of your tanks!

Good luck.
 

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have heard that this tank does have too strong of the water flow. Is there a way to decrease it?
 

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Some filters have a adjustable flow. Putting plants in front of the out take can help. Some people rig a baffle over it.

I shoved some filter media up the out take to decrease mine. I'm not sure that would work with your type of filter.
 

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I don't have personal experience with them, but from what I've read that's a good filter for a betta.
I believe several members have done just that.
 

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I'd definitely move him to the six-gallon tank. The filter will probably be fine in the Eclipse for him. I don't have to do anything special with the Eclipse filters for my bettas. I think you'd be better off as far as it keeping the tank clean with the full flow. I'd suggest trying it. If he doesn't seem to be getting used to it, which might take a few days, then block it a bit.
 

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that was his original home. he was board out of his little mind, hanging behind intake box. I started to worry thinking he was getting sick. in the big tank he was swimming and chasing cories for about a week. and now he is sitting under a plant for most of the time. I will move him on the weekend at least till his tail grows buck. after if he starts sitting in one spot again ? I am out of ideas.

I tried to put some pictures for the camera icon, and it tells my there is something wrong with my .bmp., tried to upload to the post, can not get KB under 450, it's all grainy
 

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If you have the Paint program, you can resize the pics there and save them as a jpeg.

If your fish is bored, some more plants/decor will help
 

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the cutecy-pie did not make it. a tiny fly got in to the tank, and before I could get it...
my face at the glass, lid is opening, something is floating = food.
his scales were raised by the end of the day, hI did not make it through the nigh. I cried for a week.
I will get some more pictures of my big tank over the weekend, it needs more of something, I just do not know what.
 

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I'm sorry, I don't understand your last post. The betta you asked about in your original post didn't make it?
 

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