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Hello I am new to the forum. I have set up a 23 litres (6 US gallons) bowfront fish

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I am new to the forum.
I have set up a 23 litres (6 US gallons) bowfront fish tank for my male Betta. I have a problem with the filter. I have a small internal filter which is rated at 210 l/h. Will it be enough for my tank? I also have another bigger internal filter which is rated at 400 l/h but the reason that I did not put that filter, I think there will be too much water current for my Betta. Am I right?

Also the small filter does have a mechanical foam filter only. I have some active carbon and some bio wheels in seperate socks, shall I put them in my aquarium or not?

Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 3 Old 05-26-2012, 12:19 PM
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The smaller filter will be fine, and foam filter will be plenty.

Biowheels are largely unnecessary unless a tank is extremely overstocked. Have you considered live plants? Check out my guide in my signature if you're interested in some plants. Soil is ideal in small aquariums. PM be if you decide to.

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First thing, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad to have you with us.

The smaller filter will be more than adequate. At this point, I will mention live plants. If you have them, they will do most of the filtering anyway, so a simple sponge-type filter (i.e., the foam pad) will be sufficient, with as low a flow as possible. If you do not have live plants, I strongly recommend them. Not only for their filtration, and aesthetic beauty, but Betta occur in plant-thick quiet waters and they expect to spend their time browsing among plants at the surface.

I will also mention our profiles, under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. If the scientific or common name used in the profile for a fish is used in a post, it will shade and you can click it for more information on that species. Example, Betta splendens or Siamese Fighting Fish.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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