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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2013, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Split Cube

Welcome to my newest project: A divided Biocube 8. My intention is to have my two male bettas in one tank by dividing the tank with craft mesh and covering the top of the display area so the bettas cannot jump between the two halves. So far I've siliconed in the my divider and have fitted the top to the display. More to come as I aquascape and fill the tank.

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Let me know what you think. I know my idea is pretty bold and I will need to be cautious at all time having these two fish in close proximity to each other.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-06-2013, 09:46 PM
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That looks really secure! Do you plan to have live plants? If so maybe plant it more heavily on either side of the mesh. Or place fake plants along the mesh for a more private divide.
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Yup, I plan on having live plants with taller plants closest to the divider. Also plan on doing driftwood to give some depth to the scape.

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Really neat idea. If it makes any difference to how much light the plants get, I would make the top a white mesh instead of black.

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I will have to monitor the plants once it gets set up since the black mesh will block quite a bit of light. Luckily the hood has 2x 18 watt bulbs so there wil be plenty of light trying to get thru the mesh.

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Looks awesome! Can't wait to see it completed.

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Nice job! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-23-2014, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Current plan on the split cube:
Substrate - Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix ~1" then topped with Seachem Flourite
Scape - One piece of driftwood on each side of the divider
Plants - S Repen, Needle Leaf Ludwigia, Anubias var., Hygrophila (Temple Plant) and more, maybe.

Can't wait to get this baby going!

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-26-2014, 01:48 PM
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Look forward to seeing it come together!

You might consider stainless mesh instead of the plastic craft mesh, for the top. More heat-resistant and a lot more light will get through. (the black mesh may be especially susceptible to heat, since it will absorb more, the white mesh would at least reflect more rather than absorb it)
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-27-2014, 03:38 PM
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I took a biocube and took off the lid for my betta, mine is an older model so i don't know if your has it but be careful if you aren't using the return, i would fill it with aquarium putty, thats what i did :)
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