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I think you're doing all that can be done unfortunately.... intakes can be super dangerous. I've lost a few fish to my intake before, and started purchasing the fluval edge sponge to go over thw pipe to protect all of my fish and inverts.
You can get them here from Amazon for a good price.
I'm sorry about your Molly! I hope he/she pulls through!
Would be useful if you could link what filter you're using? Like others suggested it's likely cheaper and better to just add some sponges to slow down the flow. Other comments showed a outflow sponge, but with bettas I also use pre-filter sponges.
You definitely need to get a prefilter on that bad boy before your betta is introduced. Also, bettas don’t do well with strong water currents so make sure your filter is set to low flow if applicable. If it does not have the option to control the flow then you will need to add a filter baffle. Pretty easy to make, just google diy filter baffle and check out which option works best for you.
Fluval Edge PreFilter Sponge [link]
Agree re the Betta and cherries. But there are people who do so it prob depends on if you happen to have an exceptionally chill Betta. No, those Aquaclears/Fluvals don't come with any prefilters but it's wierd, I have a whole bunch of diff sizes and other HOBs as well and usually this prefilter sponge fits on them all (except for I think it's my deep blue nanos (?) for some reason/with those I cut a square piece of foam instead). You can get it on Amazon and they sell multiples together or singles too, but I know my Petco has the single little box too. It even fits on my massive (well for me at least) Fluval/Aquaclear 70.
You can fit an intake sponge over the output nozzle to calm the flow. I did that in my tank and it worked very well. [link]
I mean it's a nice idea, but aquarium intake sponges are less than a dollar from aliexpress. Buying multiple ones from Amazon will get them to a dollar as well, but even a single with prime shipping is only $2.50.
I own this tank combo with a betta. Turn the filter to the lowest setting and get a prefilter sponge- this exact one fits perfectly
It’s a sponge they make for the filter on the Edge. I got the idea to use them on the Flex filter outlet from a Fluval video on YouTube.
Link here: Fluval EDGE Pre-Filter Sponge
BTW OP this pre filter sponge fits perfectly- Fluval EDGE Pre-Filter Sponge [link]
I have this filter as well and my betta does fine with prefilter sponge and minimum setting. Definitely better since I added floaters but I don’t think it’s strictly required to add baffling. OP could consider moving the big decoration to directly in front of it?
Edit - didn’t look at your photos before I commented, you mentioned the exact sponge I linked. Nice
Sorry, just saw that you needed a quick solution, I would recommend that you just aim the water output nozzle pointing up or pointing at the side of the aquarium, he will survive with some strong water flow (may not like it very much but it's ok temporarily) but he will not survive with no filter on.
Still recommend you get this, should also sell them at your LFS.
Hope this helps
Get one of These and put it over the filter output thingy
you can buy prefilter sponges for 5 bucks on amazon. they're round and black so they don't stick out as much as nylon socks. theyre cheaper if you buy them in bulk
My bettas do this too, and they’ve been treated so I think they just like the feeling lol. Put one of these over the filter, and they still do it but now I don’t worry ab ripped fins.
Fluval Pre-Filter Sponge
This will solve the problem. Fluval Edge PreFilter Sponge_LQ [link]
I have 2 top fin retreats and those sponges make the flow non existent. You can put it over the outflow thingy. I cut mine a bit so they didn’t stick out that much. It works great!
I actually removed the grey filter compartment after 4 months because I was sick of looking at it but this helped until I got the courage to dissemble the filter.
So biomax stuff is your biological media stick some in the filter this is normally where they’d be I do have some scattered through the gravel. Just more surface for bacteria but your main source would be the filter. Never water change and clean filter on same day.
Is 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite and between 5/10ppm nitrate. If no ammonia and nitrite in tank, this is sign of established cycled tank. If present not established. You can buy bacteria in a bottle these days which helps.
I’ve also got a betta and in the beginning worried about flow myself. Fluval makes a pretty good sponge for this type of thing. It worked a treat. :)
Fluval Edge Prefilter Sponge [link]
Buy one of those if you have the fluval spec. works really well and looks nice.
my water doesn’t move but i think that’s just the cost of keeping it mostly still. i just make sure to do water changes.
I found a site a while ago with lots of tips about using the Spec V for bettas. He recommended, and I use, a Fluval EDGE Prefilter Sponge and stick it over the outflow nozzle. The current is still strong so you get the filtration power, but it's not so strong that your boi gets blown away
Looks to be a Spec V. If you find that he has trouble with the current from the filter output, you might consider buying a sponge to go over it: [link]. It would also give him somewhere to rest near the surface, which my guy does all the time!
I like sponge filters for shrimp. The bigger the sponge the better. It gives a lot of surface area for good bacteria and the shrimp like climbing on it and eating off of it.
I have a corner matten filter with the Red Cherries (From Swisstropicals.com), and the other tank I have a sponge filter cover for the intake on an aquaclear 20.
This guy: [link]
Yeah, but this is probably the only way to reduce the amount of the stuff especially since you're not sure what it is. You should take a closer look anyway and figure out if it look organic or more like dust.
It all depends on what the sponge looks like. It needs to be a shape that will make a good seal around your intake. You can use a zip tie or a clamp of some sort if you need to. And you will know it needs to be unclogged when you return flow rate goes down. I'm sure if you google DIY pre filter you'll find a lot of stuff. Filter floss is very flexible and probably easier to work with than a sponge. If I had to do it again I would probably try filter floss and a clamp to seal it.
You can also get a fluval pre filter from petco/petsmart for like $4. Probably the easiest solution if it fits around your intake.
I was hoping the sword would grow to like what you mentioned, but when I was cycling one leaf died and another sort of floated away. I had the water at 10% for the final change to lower the nitrAtes and a leaf popped out with no root attached. Not sure what happened there. The remaining three, I think, are doing okay. I replanted it after I saw the other leaf pop out and the roots were much longer than when I originally planted them a few weeks earlier. Although none of them are actually growing... To my knowledge. Might just pick up something a bit more mature.
I actually bought one of those pre-filter sponges per the amazon recommendations in a couple reviews, cut it, and stretched it around the output. I'm not sure if that's what they meant to do or if I was supposed to cut it and shove it in the output (saw pictures of that, but it was a different recommended technique to baffle). It's what I did. I hope that's enough a baffle. I can always cut it down again and fill the output if not.
I've been thinking of floating plants. Are they a pain to maneuver around when you're cleaning the tank and whatnot?
And thanks! I actually have some insomnia going so I went out and picked up three small ghost shrimp. When I introduced them to my tank, Dirk swam right up, looked at them for a few seconds, and swam away. I'm hoping I have a friendly betta.
I used these prefilters on my Spec tanks, and actually had to turn the pump to a higher setting. They slide on perfectly and no modifications were necessary.
Yes the koi was a great find, luckily my LFS hand picks there bettas from breeders. Most are show quality and very unique, hence me owning four aquariums!
You may be looking more for something like this, which is not pretty but would cover the intake and maybe baffle the outflow (if it's too hard for him):
I'm using a Deltatherm 25W. It's got this massive unsightly white bit at the bottom which I've thankfully obscured with the bogwood.
As for the plants, I just picked something pretty from my local pets at home (UK Petsmart equivalent) and chopped it to bits in the hope that some of these cuttings will take root and grow
I'm on the look out for some rocks to add as hiding places over the summer and perhaps a single taller plant as I feel that the upper half is empty atm.
Prefilter Sponge on amazon US.
beautiful! can't wait to start my journey into CO2. By the way heres a really nice pre filter sponge so your shrimp don't keep getting stuck if you don't want to use filter media. I used it to keep my bettas fins from getting stuck.
If that’s the intake that I think it is, this should fit nearly perfectly:
I saw something about putting one of these over the outflow. I have not personally tried it though.
My filter came with a cylindrical sponge to out over the intake. Similar to this - Intake cover.
I use this kind of thing. This particular sponge I know fits the filters built in to MiniBow 5 tanks, the Tetra Whisper 3i and the Aquaclear 20
Fluval Edge Pre-Filter Sponge, Replacement Aquarium Filter Media, A1387 [link]
these are the ones i use!
I bought a sponge that has the bottom covered.
There were two in the pack and it has worked really well for me.
Fluval Edge Pre-Filter Sponge, Black [link]
Yes, but it looks like his fins are getting shredded from this habit. Pick up a filter intake sponge like this:
Something like that:
can you please remove the tags etc from the amazon link? easiest is to use a clean link, like this: [link]
we don't want random people profiting off of our users!
Buy this. (you can probably find one at your lfs or you can get them in sets of 3 on amazon as well. I'm just lazy) Put it on that outflow bit. It will look somewhat like this on there. I started cutting them roughly in half so that it didn't stick out as much. I also put a small rubber band like the ones the store put on the fishy bags to seal them around it but they do kind of fall apart after a while. It isn't necessary to do that part though. My boy likes to rest on top of it now as well haha.
The fluval team suggests putting these over the outtakes: Fluval Edge PreFilter Sponge_LQ [link]
Frogbit and salvinia rest are the top and are very easy low tech plants as long as they get a bit of light they’re fine. Yep for the filter I recommend buying this [link] it should just slip on your output and it’ll help baffle the output. Plants are pretty easy don’t be too afraid to try. I usually recommend either ADA Amazonia, Fluval Stratum or I use Tropica soil as it’s the cheapest. Just put that at the bottom, attach some low tech plants things like Amazon swords grow super easy. You could even put some carpeting plants like hair grass [link] you just split them into smaller chunks and dot it around the soil of your tank it eventually grows out to carpet the bottom, although it’s hard to do in a low tech tank if it’s set up long enough it’s get there eventually. I say don’t be scared of going for a planted tank this is my first one [link] you could even try getting a basic CO2 set up (sounds complicated but it’s not, it just puts co2 in your tank which plants take in, so it gives them extra num nums and they grow quicker better and healthier). But yeah bettas really appreciate a planted tank and they’re really easy to do.
I linked an item that might work to dampen the return flow. Most filters will work for a Betta but you might need to modify it accordingly for their needs. Heck, you could also make this yourself using zip ties and a sponge.
Good on you for having done your research! It breaks my heart to hear a pet store employee recommending going without.
if filter is too strong, might wanna try something like this https://www.amazon.com/Fluval-A1387-EDGE-Pre-Filter-Sponge/dp/B002LL32RY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1547167030&sr=8-3&keywords=fluval+edge+pre-filter+sponge
also you want to block the bottom and top holes on the filter wall so shrimps/fry dont go through, fluval is a nice tank otherwise, GL :D
fluval edge is perfect for most intakes. Can find at any petco/petsmart. [link] I have it in all my tanks that have a HOB.
You'd be surprised how many places shrimp can get into.
Put one of these over the intake
Check out : [link] theres a lot of good information about owning a fluval spec 5.
I put a filter sponge over the outflow valve myself: [link]
I also plan on trying to 3d print a sort of spray bar that doesnt stop the flow, but distributes it better, ill share the designs when im done testing.
i use that one
On my Spec III, I used this cut in half. Worked wonderfully
Something akin to these [link]
They just slide over the filter inlet