Thread: Filter flow too powerful?
12-24-2012, 01:00 PM #1
Filter flow too powerful?
I just made a quick video showing how powerful my filter is and how much water movement it creates. I want to get a Betta but im concerned my filter will blow it around the tank, thoughts?
I tried reducing the flow rate up to 50% but it didnt seem to make much difference, I was thinking I could aim the output nozzle towards a plant or something to reduce the water movement (if necessary?)
12-24-2012, 01:03 PM #2
I could not see what type of filter you had, but the flow did not look all that bad. Your plastic plants were not moving a lot at all
If you have a HOB filter, you could try a DIY flow diverter and run the filter at full output (link below).
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12-24-2012, 01:10 PM #3
0Originally Posted by Cliff
12-25-2012, 02:53 PM #4
Flow seems fine in the video. If you think it is too much, you could try what Cliff suggested. If the filter has a spraybar or pipe for the output, you could get a small aquaclear sponge and cut a hole in it, then put cover the output with it. That will help spread out the force of the flow.
12-25-2012, 06:19 PM #5
12-25-2012, 10:26 PM #6
After viewing your video I agree with the above. It didn't look over powering.
I have a Betta in a small desk tank and the out put seemed a little strong for a calm water species but he finds the tank just fine. He stays out of the out put surge unless there is food involved, and acts normally. By normally I mean he owns the tank and nothing, even the cat, are allowed to enter his domain.
I dont think your filter will be a problem for a Betta. Just make sure he gets enough to eat. You may have to turn off the filter when feeding pellets. Once they submerge they go to the bottom quick.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
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