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Old 01-10-2012, 10:20 AM   #1 
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Suitable long term hospital tank?

It was bound to happen, I finally have my first long term boy with special needs. Kris has still not recovered from SBD (he's a floater) so we're looking into a tank for him that will give him the best quality of life. I was right in suspecting it was a breeder default, as his spawn sibling Jack is also a picky eater and will float but he has the ability to unblock and recover. Two boys that were to be taken care of and rehomed ended up being my first two permanents because no one would want a Betta with their issues!

So.. for a Betta that can't leave the top of the water... give me some ideas on a tank that it suitable for him. Any neat ideas? I've given him a home made hammock but he's more content to rest on IAL leaves. Jack has a hammock and loves to use it.

I guess we're looking for something shallow but larger but not an overly large tank. I was thinking of a divided 5g so Kris would have more space but lower water, but Jack has great days where he loves to swim so that's not an option. Ideas? Right now I have him in a 1.5g Tetra and there is so much wasted space :(
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:18 AM   #2 
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Hmm, There's that 6 gallon bookshelf tank from Petco. That's nice and long. You could divide that. I don't know how big is too big for what you want.
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I'm in Canada, we don't have that tank here :( I also can't get 20gL either :(

I just want him to have enough room/water, but avoid water that won't be used. Like if he can only use the first top 2", there's no point in having a tall and narrow tank. A wide and shallow tank would be better so he has the water he needs for condition control and space to swim. I can't put Jack in the same tank as Jack loves to swim so I think divided is out... unless I could get a 6.6g Bookshelf tank.. but I can't lol
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