03-31-2008, 10:44 PM
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Re: Filter current question?
Originally Posted by KingTriton
I bought a little aquarium kit for my betta. It's just a small tank with an under gravel filter. There's a plastic tube that carries air and bubbles up. When they come out it creates a quite a strong current on top of the water that is hard for my poor fish to swim against. Is there anything I can do to help minimize this? I read somewhere else that you can put a small plastic cup of some sort over it to keep the flow in 1 place. I'm just wondering what you think. Should I try something else for her instead? I don't want to stress her out by moving her around too much.
Bettas are still water fishes; they exist in weed-choked, swampy pools in SE Asia. They aren't equipped, even in their natural form, to fight current. If your air pump has a rheostat, adjust the speed of the bubble to about one per second. If not, I believe Whisper has a model with a rheostat on top to vary the amount of electricity and thus the amount of air pressure.
You will need to address the problem, as constantly struggling against a current is detrimental to your fish's health.