Originally Posted by Badjer
Looks great! I bet the boys are thrilled to have their own spaces. My only recommendation would be to cover the dividers on the outside with some black electrical tape. I was amazed at how much better it made my divided tank look!
*headdesk* I knew I forgot something. Off to rummage in the pile of stuff that is my garage.
Originally Posted by Anitax3x
you know I never thought of doing my tank like that. I have two divided tanks, and I never thought of using a little middle section to filter and heat the two sides. +1 for that! looks GREAT!
Thanks!! This was something I never thought of either. I have two divided tanks done like this, and I don't think I'll ever go back. Here is how I came to the final product:
When I put my first two boys in a divided tank I noticed that with no water circulation I was getting pretty severe water stratification. The water at the bottom was around 60F and the top close to 80F!!
Not good. Well I tried adding the old HOB filter, but I just couldn't get the baffle just right. I read about DIY bubble filters online and decided to try one. It worked great. Whole tank was a balmy 79F. I took the thermometer around the entire thing to test it. The heater was on one side of the divider and the bubble filter on the other. I had this setup for a few days. One morning I woke up and couldn't find Knucker
. I went into panic mode. I checked the other side; he wasn't dead or fighting with Poofer. I checked the floor; he wasn't there. Cats hadn't been in my room that night. And then I saw it. He was lodged in between the sponge and the wall.
Panicked, I removed the sponge and let him swim away. He seemed relatively unscathed minus the few scales he was missing. Well I knew I had to do something. I knew I needed the filter and heater and they needed to be close together. After some panicked brainstorming (I was due to leave for a short vacation with my boyfriend that day), I settled on 3 sections with the middle section specifically for equipment. It's worked out great! They can barely see each other, so they only flare every once in a while. I get a heater and a filter and don't have to worry about them burning themselves or getting stuck in the filter. They only lose a few cm of water due to the middle section, but I don't think they mind at all.