Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Sigh. Divided tank not working out.
My divided 10g upstairs isnt working out, they arent getting enough attention there (in the kitchen/living room) so my betta Blue is tailbiting.
Red got caught in between the divider and the mesh today I added to the divider to stop them from seeing each other since it's clear, and I don't know how long he was stuck there.
Sure freaked me out when I tore apart his side looking for him! I was so scared he'd jumped out or into Blue's side, so I was moving things around in Blue's side to see if Red was there, when, lo and behold, I saw movement in the divider -_- Red was fine, a little stressed, but he got air right away and ate. Phew!
So, because Blue is tailbiting and the mesh to stop them from seeing each other is a danger factor, I'm gonna set up my other 10g tonight for one of them, and move them both down here so I can give them more attention.
Water changes will be easier with them down here too, since I already have all my tank supplies here. (I'm in the downstairs level of the house, my mom is in the main floor, I get lots of space :D) I'll have all three bettas in my room :)
One of them I put in the other 10g wont have a heater though, but I can alternate the heater and filter usage, even though I likely won't even cycle the tanks that way until I can get another filter. It's summer now, and even at night when it's cold I keep it warm, so heating the tank isnt a big deal, but I'm gonna be sure to keep an eye on it. I will get a heater and a filter for the tank before fall. I just live in a remote town with no access to pet stores. My Home Hardware has my reliable stick-on thermometers, so I'll get another one of those today. My inside-tank therm. was used when my deceased betta Finny has some sort of issue, so I can't use it. Don't want to risk it.
I'll have to use the super-ugly rainbow gravel possibly, unless I go bare bottom. Do bettas see their reflection in bare-bottom tanks? I got the rainbow gravel when I got the two 10g's used a few months ago. I wish they had come with hoods :/ I'll figure all that out though, and go get some craft mesh today to use as a makeshift cover for one of the tanks. I'm using a reptile lid on the divided 10g with saran wrap covering the big gap the filter leaves right now as a makeshift cover XD It doesnt stop cat fur from getting in :/
Anyway, just wanted to share. Sometimes divided tanks don't work out. There was even a time when Red got into Blue's side, luckily only a couple nips were taken on each others tails. Word of advice to people with divided tanks: Have another tank handy, even if it's just the tank and not some fancy full kit setup. :P
Sorry for the long post! I'd be amazed if you guys read it all XD
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