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Is it too stressful on bettas if they see each other through the divider and they keep flaring at each other and keep swimming away?

Just divided a 5 gallon
 

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if they are sick and flare at eachother they could die. from own experience. mine would flare at guppies. not shure if just flaring though.
 

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Well the first fish that was in the tank seems to be ignoring the new one while the new one is getting desperate to go to the other side. Should I let them divided like that or should I put one back in a 1 - 1.5 gallon fish bowl alone?
 

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i have decorations around, it is a homemade divider, they've been in the tank for 10 minutes and the new betta just broke through. I put him back in the fish bowl and im buying him another 5 gallon today
 

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It depends. I would be a bit more careful with a tank of halfmoons or deltatails or something because they have such heavy fins that over working can lead to torn fins but IME dividing the tank was beneficial. It gave both my boys something to do, they flared constantly at each other for the first week and half or so. They built nests and guarded them. Now they mostly ignore each other, however, they will flare if the tank light is off but a light in the room is on because it causes reflection on the glass in the tank and they go at it.

It helped my VT because before the divided tank he bit his tail. He has not bitten since the divider.

To prevent one jumping onto the other side during the initial period, lower the water level a bit.

I say leave them in the 5g and see how things go for a week. It is recommended you block off the divider on both sides at least partially with plants or a decoration.
 

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im scared putting them together as the deltatail was able to go through by a small space on the sides, he didnt go by jumping
 

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Nice tank!! *it's not a nano tank so you can haggle the price ;D
And be careful with the gravel, wash everything with a mild bleach solution and rinse VERY thoroughly!
What kind of divider were you using that he was able to squeeze through it?
I think both fish will be very happy in their own 5g !
 

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i like this one but now im set to buy a new tank :p

i got another option that is to buy a 29 gallon and put my friend's goldfish in it who is currently in a 10gallon so that i got a free 10 gallon tank, idk yet though
 

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I LOVE the divider that was posted by Laki, it works wonders in my 10 gal. It also has tighter mesh so while the fish occasionally see each other, it's not too bad and not constant. :) Just my opinion there.
 

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I have a homemade divider in my 5 gal (same as the tutorial Laki posted) and I put two sheets of mesh instead of one. My boys have never flared at each other - they can see movement on the other side but can't tell it's another male. It's worked great for me :)
 

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Hm, never thought of using 2 sheets of mesh! For the future *rubs hands together*
I find the design in the tutorial is a bit flimsy, and if I didn't say so already, I used the binder things on all 2 sides to really make it strong.
 

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Having two sheets also makes it a bit more stable. I got the idea from another member here (of course I can't remember who) but for my first divided tank I'm definitely satisfied! :D
 

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He's in a 10 gallon now guys :D I've freed my 10g by putting my goldfish in a 29g!!!
 
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