I could very possibly be in the market for a new desk top tank. I have this
tank and aside from the bad quality of the light strip, and the curved corners that I've decided I don't care for, the only issue I've had is that the bottom of the tank is just
smaller than the top, so the front is slanted ever so slightly.
This made dividing the tank a pain, and I realize that dividing this tank gives me just around 2.5 for each fish, but with space constraints and my parents breathing down my neck about so many tanks, it had to work.
I've had two crowntails, a male and a female split apart in this tank for two months with no issues as far as the divider goes. The male's rays sometimes would drift between the divider and the front of the tank, but there was never a big enough gap for either fish to fit through.
Tonight, three separate times, my female Dasher, made her way over into Balthazar's side of the tank. Luckily they sit on my desk and I've been here the whole time so I was able to catch them with the only damage being a slightly nipped anal fin on Balthazar's side.
I checked the divider and there wasn't enough room for her to swim past, so I'm thinking she may have jumped the divider. She's currenltly in a medium kritter keeper from Petco with a heater and a small sponge filter will be picked up tomorrow, while he gets to explore the side of the tank he's only seen in rough shadows through the divider.
I know that longer is better than taller, and I'd love to have something with fairly straight sides, and I'm more than willing to move from a split 5 upwards, but I'm not sure how big I would be able to go (as far as desk strength) though I know my desk is more than capable of holding my weight ~140lbs along with the current 5 gallon, and my previous CRT computer monitor.
TL;DR My fish need a better tank to divide and I want a long one. Suggestions?
Included is a picture of the two bettas in question.