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Old 04-09-2013, 06:07 PM   #11 
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Thanks for all the feedback - I am not really sure what to do at this point. I had never realized that you couldn't put a male and a female in a tank together with a divider, so this concerns me. I am thinking I might just ditch the 10 gallon idea and get two separate 5 gallons and call it a day.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:12 PM   #12 
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That is indeed a safer method - no risk of disease transfer if one fish gets sick, no risk of the fish jumping - but it is fine to have a male and a female in a divided tank. In some ways, it's better than two males. Think of it this way: two males may be agitated, as aggressive males will see another male as a threat. On the other hand, they'll see the female as a bit of eye-candy, not a threat.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:41 PM   #13 
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I don't know anything about male/female in the same tank (all mine are male), but I do know the mesh DIY dividers work. I have three 10g tanks divided into three sections. The dividers kinda sway back and forth during water changes or when my hand is in the tank, but they are secure enough to the sides that the fish can't push them over or push their way past. I've had them in place for over four months with no issues *knock on wood*

My fiance IS going to come up with a better way to secure them, so that they are more easily removable for cleaning (as the mesh can trap some debris and seems to be a really good place for algae to grow).

My biggest worry is that one boy is going to get sick and infect the entire tank before I can remove him. Separate tanks eliminates that. So if you can do two 5g, that might be best.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:04 PM   #14 
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Thanks everyone! I went out tonight and got a five gallon for Suma, my new female crowntail, and she is right now floating in her cup in the tank. It's pretty bare right now as I didn't get to the store to get any live plants but I will get those tomorrow. I'm leaving the baby in Murray's old 2.5 gal for now for no other reason than he's still so tiny that I am nervous to move him. He's got plenty of room in there for now. But in a couple of months he'll be in his own 5 gallon. Thanks for the input. I am a chicken I guess!
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