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Old 01-26-2010, 02:30 PM   #1 
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Question Diving a 5 gallon for a betta

I have a newly set up 5 gallon aquarium currently housing a betta and 2 snails. I'm not sure yet, but I'm thinking about dividing the tank in half and housing 2 bettas. Is 2.5 gallons cruel? I feel kind of bad because he's had the 5 gallon to himself all along. I would put a snail on each side along with maybe 3-4 ghost shrimp.

Right now I have a small internal filter in the tank. If I decide to divide the tank, should I get another filter for the other side? How do you go about cleaning both sides? Vaccum one side, take out the vacuum, then restart it in the other side?

This is just a passing thought right now so any advice or suggestions is appreciated. What is your opinion on even splitting a 5 gallon for two bettas?
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:02 PM   #2 
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Having 2.5 gallons each is fine. With the snails added into the mix, you'll really have to stay on top of cleaning and water changes.

I currently have a five gallon divided, and when I clean it I vac one side then I put my thumb over the "out" end of the hose and move the vac over. If I do it right, the suction continues without having to really "restart" it. For filtration, I have one filter one one side of the tank, and the heater on the other side. The baffle I use on the filter actually pushes a small flow over to the other side through the divider. The divider that I use is home made using plastic mesh and report cover-sliders. The gaps in the mesh are wide enough to allow decent flow-through while still keeping the boys safe.

It seems to be working out nicely.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:36 PM   #3 
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your tank will be WAY overstocked if you add another fish and shrimp. Each betta needs at least 2.5 gals to himself and the snails have their own requirements.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:51 PM   #4 
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Yeah, I agree with 1fish2fish. If you divide the tank, I'd just add the bettas. Snails would be too much, much less shrimp.
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:21 PM   #5 
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Sounds good. Snails can go in my 55g.
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