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Old 07-26-2010, 12:30 PM   #1 
Dead Sunlight
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Question Is this just plain stressful?

Hi all,

Last night, I set up my 10 gallon with a divider and put two males on each side.

They started flaring immediatly and I went to bed.

Next morning each have a HUGE bubblenest and are still flaring.

I know that flaring for long periods of time can be stressful, and I don't have anything I can put to prevent them from seeing each other.

Do you think that I shouldn't do anything about it, or should I start making like something to put between them?

thx everyone.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:39 PM   #2 
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When bettas are in a divided tank situation it's important for them to have cover from the top of the tank to the bottom so that if they feel threatened they can hide from the other male. I suggest getting more plants and hides for your tank--make sure some of them float so the fish can feel secure even when they go up to breathe or nest. You could also at least partially cover the divider--did you use the craft mesh and report binder technique? What you could do is take the divider out and simply use thread to sew smaller pieces of craft mesh over parts of the divider, so there are areas that are covered and areas that still allow water to flow through. You could also sew leaves from silk plants to the mesh, or live java moss.
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