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Old 01-26-2013, 05:31 AM   #1
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So how much does current really effect Betas?


After the Great Tank Crash of Oct. '12, I'm looking to add a bigger fish to my 20g tall after things have been stable for a couple months now. It would join six Harlequin Rasboras and three Peppered Corys. I am running two HOB flilters, one for 20g and one for a 10, which create quite a bit of current. Will this be too much for a Beta? I don't plan on getting a fancy one, just rescuing one of those poor buggers in the plastic cups in Petco or Petsmart.

Thanks one and all for any help.
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:57 AM   #2
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it depends on your betta and how densly decorated/ planted your tank is. you can work most bettas slowly up to a good current.
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There are definately places in the tank that have low current due to plants, driftwood, and a fake cave. Any Beta I get will have "normal fins", nothing fancy. There are also slow spots between where the filters circulate. However, at the surface there isn't much to slow the current down. I hope this clarifies things.

Oh yeah, I should probably spell Betta right, heheheh. Silly me.
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Usually a plakat (short finned betta) will be happy with a current you can always baffle the filter.
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Thank you for your help, I think I may be OK then. I just want the fish to be happy.
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When my beta wants to rest, oddly enough, he uses the intake, he will swim next to it and let his tail fins 'be held" and just sits there for a bit, when he is ready to move around he shimmies off.

I used to think the flow was to strong and was sucking him in, but after I moved it, he still would swim to the corner of the tank and find that intake tube to rest on.

He is one odd creature for sure.
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When my beta wants to rest, oddly enough, he uses the intake, he will swim next to it and let his tail fins 'be held" and just sits there for a bit, when he is ready to move around he shimmies off.

I used to think the flow was to strong and was sucking him in, but after I moved it, he still would swim to the corner of the tank and find that intake tube to rest on.

He is one odd creature for sure.
Mine does the same thing. I thought he was dead the first time, with his tail plastered flat against the prefilter. But he swam to the surface for some food when he saw me staring at him. I guess they've learned it's a convenient way to stay in one place while they sleep...pretty cute.
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mine sleeps like that too from time to time!
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I have an aqueon 20 and a 30 in my 29 gallon tank. Currently three female bettas live in there and they don't appear to mind the current at all. The even play in it sometimes by getting blasted to the bottom of the tank and then swimming back to the top and riding the wave back down.
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A female will do much better with a strong current than a standard long finned male.
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Thanks everyone! That's funny they use the filter intake to stay put. I wouldn't say my current is strong, just everywhere in the tank to some degree or another, so I'll probably go for it. I think one could do much worse than ending up in my tank.
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If the filters end up being to strong, just place a sponge on the output of the filter. Works great for me.
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Picked this guy up yesterday.
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He was hiding and shy at first but he is all over the tank now, and ate some food tonight. He doesn't seem to mind the currents. I'm glad he's out of that cup.

Here he is taking a break on the filter intake, heheheh. He can get away easily.
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His head is almost black, and there are very subtle red undertones at the right angle. Everyone in the tank is cool with each other, and I think I am done stocking now. Thanks to all those that gave me answers.
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Never seen that before! Pretty clever that he figured out how to anchor himself with the suction.
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Haha! I love bettas XD congrats on the new fishie :3

I have a photo too!
He was sleeping with his anal stuckon the filter and tail flowing in the outflow
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