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SlavetoImpulse 05-03-2008 05:35 PM

So, Cow has a new home: 1.5 gallon tank, which came with a whisper filter. My concern is that there is too much water agitation; he seems to frighten himself whenever he gets too near, and I can see his fins moving about even when he isn't.


Also, the filter itself is suction-cupped to the inside of the tank, and it doesn't seem to want to stick. Anyone else have/had this problem? Solutions?

Meatpuppet 05-03-2008 05:54 PM

bettas usally dont like strong currents. i never had a whisper but is there a setting to tone down the flow.

and about the suction. i find it sticks way better if you sick on a dry tank wall. then fill it up with water.

SlavetoImpulse 05-03-2008 06:10 PM

I know they don't like the flow, which is why I'm concerned. This filter doesn't have a setting, as far as I can see; it's just an air pump and something to hold the cartridge in. I took it out for now, because the damn thing isn't sticking.

I tried sticking it onto the side while it was empty, and it didn't stick then, either.

stephenmontero 05-03-2008 06:38 PM

like the suction cup get it a little moist then stick it and it works better

JMeenen 05-03-2008 07:15 PM

I don't like those in tank whispers..They usually come with the small tanks...I replace them with the Azoo nano power sponge's a miniture power filter..very quitet and fits on the can control the flow and the cost is under $10.00

cindymarie 05-07-2008 03:20 PM

Whisper filter
I bought a whisper filter for my 2 gallon tank after my betta got sick. He is now doing very well. At first he would freak himself out by the filter, but now that he is used to it, it seems like a game for him (sometimes he'll even swim right into the current). I shut it off for a few hours every day just so he can get some calmness.

What I'm concerned about is that ever since I put in the filter, he has stopped making bubble nests. Does this mean he is uncomfortable?

Meatpuppet 05-07-2008 04:32 PM

the fish could still be making bubblenests. but the filter current is destroying them. it is fine if this happens just dont unplug the filter to see the bubblenest

okiemavis 05-07-2008 05:06 PM

Try adding some floating plants for the bubbles to be built is. My personal recommendation is water lettuce.

cindymarie 05-12-2008 02:30 PM

Thank you for the tips. But back to the original topic: if you have a whisper filter and are worried about current, try moving it up so the spout is about a half inch above the top of the water. That will make the current so gentle that betta will barely notice.

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