Just typed out a big long thing & then the forum crashed when I posted... CBF retyping haha... No idea what happened to the drafts that got saved since that disappeared too!
Basically I’ve just introduced my Betta, Alpha, to his new 42L tank. He’s come from an unheated 6L bowl & is loving it, gets along great with the 10 Neon Tetras he’s sharing it with too!
Looks like the filter might be too strong for him, though - the Tetras have been in the tank cycling it & had no issues at all zipping around, but Alpha, with his big fin surface area & less powerful swim, has been blown about by the filter a bit. He spent most of his time in the new tank hiding in the ‘caves’ in the driftwood, chilling at the bottom of the tank & underneath the filter/wrapped around the heater. I turned off the filter about 40mins ago so I could feed everyone & he’s a completely different creature with the filter off! He’s been zooming about (peacefully!), spending most of his time at the top of the tank & not going anywhere near the filter/heater.
Any tips on how to get the filter to be less aggressive? I’ve got the spray bar angled directly upwards since I figured that would make things less intense, but please correct me if there’s a better way to do it!!
This here is my filter:
Any clue if it’s adjustable in how strong it is? I think it could easily pump out half as much & be far more suited to this tank! Any help greatly appreciated - proper tank setups are all very new to me!
Ps excuse the colour of the water - driftwood is also new-ish, so still releasing tannins despite me boiling/soaking it & doing daily 30% water changes!