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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-13-2009, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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how much turbulance can a beta handle?

i was thinking of adding one to my tank but with two canister outflows and a powerhead i'm not sure he would be ok? there are calmer spots in the tank but along the front area is like a mildly rushing river. can these guys handle this type of conditions?

i have a dwarf puffer that usually doesn't like these conditions...he navigates it ok but he gets tossed around a bit. the beta's seem more delicate.
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Since Betta's are pretty much from a no flow environment, it might be kind of rough and stressful. Also, it will cause his fins to have more tears in it. I would avoid too much flow if possible. When i moved my betta from his plastic container, he had amazing fins. Once he went into a higher flow tank, his fins def changed.
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Too much.........

Thats too much current. He'd just end up hiding behind the outflow of one of the canisters all the time.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-13-2009, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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cool thanks.....i will not get one then....unless i can significantly disperse the flow somehow but i dont think i could enough.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-13-2009, 07:41 PM
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I'd definitely agree that it's too much flow, but Bettas do really well in little 5.5 or 10g tanks set up just for them with low flow if you really want a Betta

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