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Old 05-23-2013, 04:51 PM   #1 
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20 Gallon divided?

Well, I'm already wanting more betta fish!!!! Plunger is housed in a five gallon, however, I have a 20 gallon, and was curious to know if it would be a good idea to get a divider for the 20 gallon, so i can have two more bettas.

The 20 gallon tank is 24" by 12" and 17" tall.



is it a good idea to divide the tank, or no?
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:56 PM   #2 
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And is it possible to divide it three times?
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #3 
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Yes, I've seen a lot of people divide larger tanks. Even if you divide the tank three times, there will still be more than enough room for each betta.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:02 PM   #4 
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Okay (: Would i need a filter, or no?
I have a 20 gallon filter, but it is very old doesnt work to well.

what kind of dividers are best for bettas, so they cannot see each other?
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As yours appears to be a 20 gallon high I wouldn't recommend dividing too many times simply because the fish would have a narrow but deep swimming space which could be unpleasant/dangerous for them.

Definitely get filters! I got sponge filters for mine (2 hooked up to a single pump) and they work pretty nicely. They're also fairly cheap, and you don't have to replace cartridges.

You should probably cycle the tank, as it will probably do so on its own anyway and the ammonia/nitrite spikes can be dangerous for your fish.

Some other people on the forum have posted tutorials to make your own dividers using craft store mesh and binder spines. I used a store bought one that I trimmed down.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:38 PM   #6 
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I'm not crafty enough to make my own :P
The ones at the store - will the bettas be able to see each other?
Yes, I will be cylcing the tank, but it should be easy because the substrate hasnt been dry since my tropical tank died off.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:43 PM   #7 
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With any divider they'll be able to see each other, unfortunately :/ You can block their view as much as you can with plants. I stitched some moss to mine (though not very well :P), and having tall bushy plants can help block their view of each other too.

That's part of the divided tank deal, though, is that they can see each other.
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What type of dividers are best?
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http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...ividers-21866/
This. It's easy to make, costs virtually nothing.
I have this on my 10g that's divided. With a 20g High you could divide probably 3 sections but I wouldn't go more than that. If you wanted to trade someone for a 20g long though you could do 4 at least with that.

Closely monitor your fish after having them divided incase it slips or one jumps. Sometimes being divided doesn't work with some fish so if one betta is too stressed out you may consider a different tank for him.
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