I have a two gallon eclipse tank and I use the marineland filter
that came with it. I believe that the filter is too strong for my
betta as he gets stuck to the intake tube. How can I lessen the flow
of the filter without getting a new filter?
A: You and I are on the same boat Ian ! I have a bunch of these 2 gal tanks and keep trying different ways to slow the filter down some. I experimented with 3 so far, but each has a draw back.
First off let me say that I am somewhat disappointed that Marineland, who has such a strong line of products (I use their 330 power filters on all my tanks and LOVE them) did not come up with a better small tank system for betta applications. Why did they not provide a flow adjustment on these eclipse tank filters?
I decided to call them up and ask them what we could do about this problem. The lady was very nice but oh so very stuck in her company's ways in the sense that she kept saying that these tanks were fine for bettas just as they are designed. After about 10 hours of going around in circles, I figured, what the heck she must be the betta expert and I am just an idiot LOL. Then I remembered that I am the one typing this on this worldwide renowned betta site, and not her ;). So sorry but no sorry I do not buy her answer. Goldfish maybe, but bettas, NO. All of you have emailed me about this problem and I myself have experienced it with EVERY SINGLE BETTA I have placed in such a set-up: The flow is TOO STRONG.
I also asked if Marineland had any plans of manufacturing a more betta friendly version of their popular eclipse tanks, and of course the "no" answer I got back did not surprise me a bit. Why improve on perfection? LOL.
But you and I live in the real world (as opposed to marinelalaland LOL) (boy I'm good LOL) so we know better. The filter is too strong and belligerent and must be contained :).
Although I have not found the perfect trick yet, here are a few ways to go about this. If anyone out there has another (better) way to solve this problem please email it to me.
WARNING: Do not put anything inside the 'intake' tube as it will get sucked into the propeller and burn the motor.
So there you go, a bit of options for you to toy with. I have a few more ideas that I am going to try, such as building a diffusing basket with holes, filled with filter floss that would hang right under the filter
It sure would be nice though if these filters simply came with a flow adjuster (duh!), like some of my other mini power corner filters do (love these guys!). Guess big corporations should test their products on real betta people as opposed to their own labs. Still once again I must say that I do swear by this company's products when it come to big power filters. I have yet to have one break down on me and some of them have been running nonstop for about 5 years now. So hats down to them in that department!
Good luck and when I have a new system perfected I will share it with you guys here.