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Old 03-24-2013, 03:56 PM   #1 
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Male and Female together with seperater

Hi everybody! I have a male and female betta together in a 10 galon with a seperater until i have the time and/or money to breed them. I put her in about a day ago, along with the divider, and he is still flaring, building the bubble nest, the whole nine yards. My question is: will they be okay together like that for an extended amount of time? I don't want to hurt either of them. Here are some pictures, if it helps


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Old 03-24-2013, 04:08 PM   #2 
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Don't see why not. :) It is healthy for them to see another fish and exercise and communicate by flaring. As long as nobody jumps the divider, it will be fine.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:13 PM   #3 
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I think you will be okay as long as stated before, no one can jump over the divider.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:15 PM   #4 
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Thanks guys! So they won't be too stressed out by each others' presence?
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:18 PM   #5 
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Hm.. If they share the same water, they'll release their hormones which will make them jump over the divider and meet each other. I don't think this is a good setup, even for a temporary one.
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Ugh... I don't have any more room to seperate them :( I bought the female with the intention of breeding them, but i didn't think it through entirely, and later realized i definitely don't have the space. What should i do?
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:26 PM   #7 
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Hm... I don't really know.
I think massively planting the tank and covering the divider will make a great difference. Otherwise, I'm not sure.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:32 PM   #8 
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I also have a smaller male betta.. would a divided tank with two males be better?
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #9 
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Yep, there's no problem with that.
What's the size of the tank that the smaller betta's currently in?
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:27 PM   #10 
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I actually think it's healthier and much easier stress wise on the fish to house males/females with a divider than it is to house males/males together.

I never had a female try and get in with any of my males when I used to use dividers.

I found males were much more likely to try and get in with each other, and there are some males that find it extremely stressful to have to be in constant visual contact with another male (your divider is clear in the photos).

A female is a possible mate, whereas a male is a rival. I would not want to live side-by-side with someone who just wants to get in and fight with me.

I think if you house two males together, your divider needs to be such that they can't see each other. Otherwise males tend to get quite stressed out.
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