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Old 03-07-2012, 07:32 AM   #1
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Help with Filter please

I need to reduce the flow on my filter - quickly,

I have a fluval u2 which appears to be providing too strong a current for my betta and chili rasboras. I've tried adding a funnel shape bit of plastic form another filter to direct the flow upwards and along the back of the tank but my chillis now seem to be being pushed around even more! My betta is still in hiding under the filter

Any help greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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i'd say get a sponge (wash sponge, car sponge, any sort of sponge) cut it down to a reasonable size (i'm not 100% familiar with your filter so a lil hard to say) and with a little DIY you should be able to fit the sponge over the bit that pumps water out. that will break the flow up and hopefully slow the current a lot and make it better for your betta

my tank current is set very low at the moment. i have it set so that i can see small movements in my java sat near the filter exit. this proves to be just fine for my betta
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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Thanks for that I will try that, I've changed it to the spray bar and the plants aren't moving as much but neither is my betta
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:46 AM   #4
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hmmmmm sorry to hear

i'm unsure then. it could be many things. sorry to ask the usual questions... but it helps. what are your paramaters? how long has it been set up and how long have the fish been in it? does the betta look ill at all? any spots, slime, fungus?

what is he actually doing at the moment? is he sat on the bottom quite lazily (i.e. on his side but breathing and moves if you come near?) or is he just staying close to the filter while swimming? or is he not moving whatsoever?
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:13 AM   #5
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Thanks for the concern I'm also discussing this on another thread. I think mr betta was having a silk with me for changing things around he was super active when I came home from work this morning about to go check on him shortly
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:49 AM   #6
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Why dont you just drill more holes in your spray bar going out from the from and the back worked for me
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:16 AM   #7
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I am not DIY minded at all i'm afraid, however Mr grumpy betta is swimming around happily today so i think he was sulking rather than having an issue with the flow....how much stres can one fish cause! Lol
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least hes up and moving now thats great!
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:40 AM   #9
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Oh yes very active now! But he did get stuck by the sucrion cups this morning, silly monkey!
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:23 PM   #10
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Yeh they do have a tendencay toget stuck in odd places because they like to rest on thing. Does the tank have a plant?? If not i have seen a plastic leaf with a suction cap at the end that made for that purpose
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