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Old 06-13-2010, 10:40 PM   #1 
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Cool Divide in 2? or divide in 3?

I'm at a dilema here, whether I want to divide my new 10 gallon planted tank into 2, or should I go 3?

I originally bought the tank for just one betta, but decided I was selling myself short considering people often keep them in just 2.5 gallons, I could do so much more with the tank.

So I bought one divider, 3 Java Fern, 3 Scarlet Ludwigia, and some fancy seashells I've had for years.

Now I can't decide if I want to divide into 2, or go for 3. I'd like to have an oto cat bottom feeder and a snail in each section, but I can't decide!

If I divide into 2, I'll be able to split my filter down the middle, and if I go into 3rds I'll have to worry about overloading one betta with too much flow. With 2 divides I get more decor on each side, and probably an extra tankmate on each side too, but I already have my first betta sectioned off in his 1/3rd and like how it looks.

But I really want 2 more bettas. My lil Goku (yep... Goku) is really happy, but seems bored all the time, but he's very healthy. I need to decide if I want to divide in 2, or divide in 3 before I go out and buy the finishing hard decor.
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Old 06-13-2010, 10:46 PM   #2 
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Location: Canada, eh?
I would divide in two- simply because you could split a filter down the middle and there would be more room for the bettas. Bettas with more room are happier bettas!
Just make sure, before you put your new betta in with Goku, to quarantine him for a few weeks, so Goku doesn't pick up any illnesses he has.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:06 PM   #3 
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How should I quarantine him? I only have one tank D= I never thought of quarantining before. -doh-
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:08 PM   #4 
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Location: Canada, eh?
Get an extra tank and just monitor him for any signs of illnesses. (w/ heater and filter, depending on the size of the tank.)
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:10 PM   #5 
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I'll see what I can do. Man dividing in 3 is so tempting though D: I see the 4 way divided ones on youtube and they look pretty fancy (not planted of course) >__< I'll see how it goes.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:43 PM   #6 
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Sea Shells are a no-no -
google it
I found this
"Unfortunately, unless the seashells are plastic or fake aquarium decoration. Natural seashells can be harmful to bettas. Because seashells slowly leach calcium and minerals into the water causing it to be very hard and high in minerals"

I like your tank-looking good-!
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:54 PM   #7 
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Ahhh I just can't win for losing.. I guess I'll attach the java ferns to whatever I get for a cave for him tomorrow.

Now I am tossing around the idea of just going full community tank and no divider. We'll see. SO MANY OPTIONS .___. Going to Petco and seeing so many pretty halfmoons didn't help either lol.

I've also concluded Goku is not very agressive. If I put a finger up the glass he darts backwards, swims around a sec to investigate, and then swims away. He's only flared 2-3 times at me, but he's very interested in his reflection.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:10 AM   #8 
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Hope SK doesn't mind but this is my favorite ten gallon:
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=43895
I forsee a ten gallon in my future..
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:42 AM   #9 
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WOW! That is amazing! Oh man now I want to do something with those green fluffy plants on the bottom. -drool-
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:05 AM   #10 
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Woot Goku bubble nested for the first time since I removed his dead amazon sword leaves that were floating on the top of the tank. :D AND HE FLARES WHEN I GET CLOSE TO IT! :D Yay Goku!
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