I just had to share this, I am so excited & Pele' (my betta) is too
. I bought Pele' a new 10Gall tank for Christmas and some of you may know i tried Gillian's Betta filter with success but the surface water was still a bit jerky for his liking, even on low setting so i removed the plastic and added extra foam which made the water flow just like it is in Gillian's pic.(plse see last pic. in begin.of post) but after a while the water would splash back and eventually the back of the tank between the glass & wallpaper background became wet and i had to keep adjusting the flow rate so i thought with his new premises i would try the betta filter again. This time though using Gillian's idea but changing it a little bit (Sorry Gillian
) and still using the extra foam, I just attached a straight small bit of clear, medium hard, thin plastic (it's the plastic sheets you use in overhead projectors that you get from the newsagents, i forget the proper name for them) the same length as the end of the filter, where the water flows down into the tank just by using double-sided tape on one end & the other end is submersed in the water by about 1cm and now the water just flows from the end of the filter onto the plastic (without any backsplash) and into the water smoothly without any surface agitation - you can see the water is still circulating properly but so smooth it will not upset bubblenests.
I haven't any plastic around the intake as in Gillian's pic. yet as Pele' doesn't seem to have any problems with it so far. The only worry i have about the bit of plastic i'm using, is the end that is in the water may be a bit sharp, i may have to put a bit of tape over it or something, will have a keep an eye on it.
Pele' seems to approve & he even has a twinkle in his eye that wasn't there before.
I should take a pic. forgot sorry!! and i am hopeless at explaining things so i hope this makes sense