What Fish Can I Put In My Divided Tank? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-11-2010, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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What Fish Can I Put In My Divided Tank?

Right now I just have two bettas that are each in their own one gallon tank. I'm about to upgrade to a 10 gallon divided tank this weekend and wanted to get some tank mates for each betta. Are any kind of short finned tetras okay and how many for each 5 gallon section is okay?
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Unfortunately, in a divided tank, there really aren't any tank mates you can get aside from shrimp or a snail. If you didn't divide the tank, you could try ONE betta and a small school of fish (5 to 6 of the same species), but 5 gallons is really only enough for your betta and small invertebrates.

Possibly try out some ghost shrimp. A few on each side would be ok. They have a small bioload and are cheap incase your betta decides they are a delicious snack. Make sure they have some hiding places such as a cave or tall plants.

It would probably be a good idea to get some tall plants to go along the divider anyway. This way it breaks up the line of sight between the bettas. This will discourage constant flaring.
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I've seen other tanks that have one betta and 2-3 tetras and they were 5 gallon tanks so why wouldn't think be alright?
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Because, unfortunately, people put random tankmates together and don't even consider the bioload.

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So even if I checked the ammonia frequently?
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You must also consider swimming space. Tetras and other schooling fish are very active. They need a lot of room to explore and exercise. Some individuals claim that a 10 gallon is not enough space for a proper school, let alone a 5 gallon.

Therefore bioload and space requirements must be considered.
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Any tank mates wouldnt be the best idea,.... Maybe you could split the tank into 3 and purchase another betta and each betta will have just over 3 gallons. And maybe a snail in each compartment ?? |Thats what i would do....

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Do you have any idea how I'd go about doing that without buying commercial dividers? The dividers for the ten gallon tanks are 10 dollars a piece.
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You can make your own, I'll try to find the thread for them. They cost like $0.20 to make.

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Are they hard to make?
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