Well, I decided to try my hand at dividing a 10-gallon tank. And when I say "my hand", I really mean I said to my boyfriend "I think I want to divide a 10-gallon tank" and he did everything else. And honestly, he was the one who was pushing me to get and divide a 10-gallon. I think he was basically looking for a project.
The tank I bought was a 10-gallon TopFin kit, which came with tank, hood, light, heater, thermometer, and filter (plus a net! oooo) for $50 from Petsmart. My boyfriend and I went to Menards and got a 2 foot square piece of white plastic for $10 and aquarium safe silicone for about $3. Then we stopped by the bar that his friend owns and got some sort of long plastic trimming with a lip that was used for the beer stocking room to slide the dividers in and and out. He thought of that, basically if I'm down to one fish I can slide the dividers out instead of having them siliconed directly into the tank. Also for easier cleaning.
My boyfriend did all the measuring and cutting. I basically siliconed in the plastic lip. Then I drew out where I wanted the holes in the dividers to be and we set out drilling the holes. At first we taped the two dividers together and were both drilling, but my boyfriend ended up cracking one of the dividers. So while I continued drilling, he cut and pieced together a few pieces to make a whole divider.
Boyfriend measuring for the dividers:
Drilling the holes in the dividers for water flow. This was super fun, but took the longest, about 2 hours:
The tank, with one divider and half of the other:
I waited 2 days before filling the tank and starting the filter. Then I let the filter and heater run for 2 more days before putting one of my fish in. The heater kind of sucks, I have it set at 86 (the highest it will go) and the thermometer only says 76. It's a Marineland type. I bought another heater today, a TopFin, but so far the heater being set high is working. I will keep an eye on it and if the temp starts to rise too high, I'll lower it.
Here are some pictures of my first boy, Edwin, in the right partition. There isn't much in terms of deco, I'm waiting until next week, when I get paid, to buy some more. They were enough to fill the 1 gallon tanks, but will definitely need more for the 3+ gallons sections the boys will be in now. I am also considering getting some live plants, but we'll see about that.
Edwin seems to like it, he's been swimming around like crazy. The only thing that I see wrong so far is that he has a large rip in his back fin, which I think happened when I was trying to get him out of his other tank. He didn't want to get caught and was swimming around like crazy. But so far he's enjoying the giant tank he has!
The whole tank, with Edwin being the first boy to go in:
Edwin's cute little face!