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Old 02-27-2011, 10:43 PM   #1 
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I might be on to something!

I just came up with an idea for how to build a fishtank that doesn't annoy me to the enth degree and that will give my bettas all the room they want. What I need to know is this: What is the minimim depth that a betta needs to be happy? What is the maximum depth that they're comfortable in? How big a territory do they prefer to have? I've been frustrated by my 10 gal. tank because it's all this up and down space and not a lot of side to side space and I want them to have more surface area. The thoughtline is to get several sheets of plexiglass, some 2x4s, an appropriate silicone sealant that is safe for them, and to go to town. ^_^ Ideas and answers greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:07 AM   #2 
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Get a mr.aqua 12 gallon long tank and call it a day
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:11 AM   #3 
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It'd be cheaper to make it. I'm on an extremely limited budget and that'd be a good idea.
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:15 AM   #4 
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LoL, I wanna see your tank when it is made
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:16 AM   #5 
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Lol, of course!
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:28 AM   #6 
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Oooo how do I want to paint the wood? o.o *plotting face*
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:56 AM   #7 
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I can't decide if I want to go for a greek ruins look or just paint a bunch of mermaids or how I wanna do it... Hhhmmm
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:08 AM   #8 
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hmm... I'd make it half a foot deep and 5 feet long. I'm serious LOL.

But they'd probably do best in a shallow long tank. I think the tank itself CAN be multiple feet deep though. Not sure...

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Old 02-28-2011, 03:14 AM   #9 
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I'm going to take several long pieces of wood and make a frame for the tank. Put reinforcement on the bottom(an x shape with the 2x4s cut short and such) and plywood on the bottom over the x. Then take plexiglass and line the frame with it and seal any and all cracks with appropriate sealant(found some good sealant at home depot^_^) Then while the sealant is drying, either paint or carve the wood so it at least can pretend to look pretty.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:17 AM   #10 
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Then I'll fill the bottom with gravel, put in some silk plants, fill it up, cycle it, and use it for my girls. Planning on taking the measurements of my ten gallon, tripling them, and changing the hight a little. Hence my asking about minimum and maximum depths of water for betta fish.
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