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Old 10-25-2011, 07:35 PM   #1 
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New Divided tank on the way..

So I have my 3 boys currently in there own 2.5 gallon tanks each. Well There running a bit cool & I would like to add filtration.. Added it up & for 3 of them that's just too much to spend.

So Instead since my wife is standing in Petsmart she came across this 20 Long and is bringing it home. She is also going to stop & get some craft mat & the presentation things to make dividers.. I Figure though this should give me room for 4 w/ each fish having about 7.5x12x12 per fish..

Should be plenty of space & then being able to heat & filter it should make for some happy boy's..
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:56 PM   #2 
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So I got the tank cleaned out & the dividers in.. Dividers are way easy & to make them look even better I am going to get more of the report binders & run one across the tops of each to keep them nice & straight. Had to sew a little extra using fishing line onto the bottoms as I needed 11.5" and the plastic mesh was only 10.5 the direction I needed. The seems wont even be visible once I add the gravel. Also of note out of the ordinary we used black plastic mesh instead of the clear/white stuff. Figured it would make a good barrier for trying to decorate each compartment differently. Also I used aquarium silicone to hold the dividers into place. I didn't want them moving at all.

Here are a couple pics I snapped.




Now its going to wait till tomorrow so the silicone can finish setting up before I fill it & start decorating. Going to be a few days before I get the filter & heater since I ordered them from amazon.

One question I have though is that I dont want to fill the tank all the way up. I dont think its necessary & I want to leave it harder for anyone to jump if they should so try. So with the filter it would be making a fairly large drop into the tank. How do I baffle that since the pop bottle method wont work given the distance between the distance between the filter & the water level (probably 3-4")
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:15 AM   #3 
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Wow, that looks very nice and professional so far!

Use an aquarium sponge like the one you would actually put into a filter. I use the Hagen Aquaclear sponges (and strongly recommend the filters!). You can either use a rubber band or maybe even silicone it on since you have the time. I actually have mine cut partially down the middle and resting on the divider and held in place with the glass. With this, and because the divider goes right up the the glass, I can fill my tank to the very top, just below where it touches the glass. There is no physical way for my boys to get to each other this way. I cut a tiny notch in the divider where the filter rests. However, since you only would need one filter, and you have 3 dividers, you are better off just having a lower water line.

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Old 10-26-2011, 12:20 AM   #4 
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I actually made my dividers all the way to the top where the glass goes as well. But ar 2/3rd of the way full the boys would have way more room then they do now & better conditions anyway. Plus my counter top this is on is not supported on the outside & I am not 100% confident of its load limit. I am going to get glass for the top of this tank this weekend & probably get another of the marineland LED light bars. I really really like the one I have & since both will be in the same room I wouldn't mind keeping the same look going. Though in my other tank The water is about 1" from the top with cover on the tank. But its an acrylic so there is several inches of top of tank on all sides if one of the girls were to jump out (which I doubt they would).
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:41 AM   #5 
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If you block up the view as much as possible, there will be less jumping incidents as well!

If you're doing live plants, glass isn't a smart solution. The necessary light won't penetrate through. Small holed egg crate? If no live plants, then a glass top would suit delightfully!

That's a very crisp job. And I appreciate that you actually siliconed the dividers! Kudos!

Can't wait for more pics..
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:29 AM   #6 
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Really, laughing? I didn't know that. I have glass between my LEDs and the tank because they can't be exposed to the water light that. What are you supposed to have between the lights and the water? My plants are doing fine too...
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:54 AM   #7 
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Like I said, smaller hole egg crate works perfectly. Just depends on how big of an escape artist your bettas are. My one male would do fine and not try too hard, but my female would go to world's end trying to time her jump perfectly to the holes!

What kind of plants do you have? Low light plants will do fine. But ones that need higher lighting won't. Like I have a crypt wendtii, and it'll stay alive with minimal lighting, but won't grow well. My anacharis could have room light and still grow. But my melon sword needs a good amount of specific lighting to stay lush green and grow nicely.

Anubias, anacaris, sometimes java ferns, mosses, etc will do just fine with glass. Anything true medium light or higher you'll see a difference!
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:00 PM   #8 
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@laughing..

What are you referring to when you say small hole egg crate? That is not a term I ahve heard before. Can you gind a google image & link it. I am definitly open to other options other then glass, but I have cats so a top is a must even if I dont think the fish will jump.
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:22 PM   #9 
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http://seanmcg.com/blog/wp-content/images/IMG_6578.jpg

There ya go! They come in different hole sizes, so I say small because some can be an inch by an inch, so I would recommend about the size I posted. If you lower the water, they can't see each other, and you put the crate on top they shouldn't be inclined to jump especially if your water quality is high and there is stimulus for them. Most bettas jump to a) attack another fish b) water is poor c) they're just bored. Normally they don't do it "just because".
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:24 PM   #10 
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Oh! And it you can buy it in most hardware stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, etc. Just ask and they'll know exactly where to point you. And it's pretty cheap, too, last time I checked. Cheaper than glass!
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