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You can definitely put 5 bettas in it. If she won't take care of the fish, then she should just give them to you. The good thing about divided tanks is that taking care of multiple bettas is pretty much the same thing as taking care of one. You're only heating/filtering/balancing the chemistry of one tank, and doing maintenance on one tank also. My setups cost roughly 60 each, and I'd be spending the same whether I had 1, 2, or 3 fish in it. By having it divided you're actually kind of getting more mileage for the money spent.
I have found a 20 gallon long with gravel, a filter (will sell it) and a bunch of decorations for $50 cad! Super happy an excited.
 

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What sort of filter is it? You may want to hang onto it, in the event you ever need to set up a hospital/isolation tank in the future. You never know when extra aquarium equipment will come in handy.

And congrats, that's a pretty good deal. Make sure to wash the gravel and decor in very hot water to make sure there's no diseases on it.
 

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What sort of filter is it? You may want to hang onto it, in the event you ever need to set up a hospital/isolation tank in the future. You never know when extra aquarium equipment will come in handy.

And congrats, that's a pretty good deal. Make sure to wash the gravel and decor in very hot water to make sure there's no diseases on it.
It's a $40 filter

https://www.petsmart.ca/fish/filters-and-pumps/filters/tetra-whisper-in-tank-power-aquarium-filters-16969.html
 

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I actually had one of those that came with a 3 gallon kit. Hated the thing. It took up tons of room in the tank and never picked up any debris despite being a sponge filter.
Should I try to talk down the price and ditch the filter?
 

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How many bottles/ml of seachem prime should I get?
About 3 bottles should last you a while, though can always just get one and buy more as you need it. I usually buy a bunch when there's a sale just to have it on hand. I like to jump on good deals when I see them even if I don't need it at the time, because when I do need it the deal won't be available. Always think ahead!

Over time you should pick up various medications as well, though you don't need them right now. AQ salt (you can also use 100% non-iodized organic sea salt from the grocery store, but it must be 100% salt with no other additives -- salt additives like iodine, iodide, anti-caking agents, etc. are dangerous to fish), Seachem StressGuard, methylene blue and API General Cure are some good things to have on hand. Just stick them on a list for future reference.
 

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How many bottles/ml of seachem prime should I get?
About 3 bottles should last you a while, though can always just get one and buy more as you need it. I usually buy a bunch when there's a sale just to have it on hand. I like to jump on good deals when I see them even if I don't need it at the time, because when I do need it the deal won't be available. Always think ahead!

Over time you should pick up various medications as well, though you don't need them right now. AQ salt (you can also use 100% non-iodized organic sea salt from the grocery store, but it must be 100% salt with no other additives -- salt additives like iodine, iodide, anti-caking agents, etc. are dangerous to fish), Seachem StressGuard, methylene blue and API General Cure are some good things to have on hand. Just stick them on a list for future reference.
What sized prime bottles?
 

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i'm just gonna crash to say thanks for rescuing 5 bettas, i'm happy to hear you're getting the right equipment for them with the help of these awesome folks. i hope everything goes well!
 

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Sorry for not responding. I've been busy preparing for a new tank and doing other stuff. Betta number 8 will soon be added to the clan!

Dividers can be made all sorts of ways. I use Sintra PVC plastic board with holes drilled in it and secured in with silicone. Some people use binder clips with craft mesh, which is the cheapest method. The PVC board is my prefered method, but it's also the more expensive option.

Whichever you do, always use silicone to secure the divider in. Don't risk your fish's lives with clips or, worse, suction cups. Also stay away from commercial dividers, I hear about those things failing all the time.

Good silicone to use is DAP All-Purpose 100% Silicone. It comes in a handheld squeeze tube if you don't have a caulking gun, though you can buy it in a caulking tube also which is cheaper than the small tube. Any silicone used must be 100% pure silicone, and must not have any anti-mold or mildew agents in it --those are toxic to fish.

And yeah, you should go ahead and make the filters and start them soaking. Kaldnes will float for a few days before it fluidizes so you may as well start priming it.
 

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Sorry for not responding. I've been busy preparing for a new tank and doing other stuff. Betta number 8 will soon be added to the clan!

Dividers can be made all sorts of ways. I use Sintra PVC plastic board with holes drilled in it and secured in with silicone. Some people use binder clips with craft mesh, which is the cheapest method. The PVC board is my prefered method, but it's also the more expensive option.

Whichever you do, always use silicone to secure the divider in. Don't risk your fish's lives with clips or, worse, suction cups. Also stay away from commercial dividers, I hear about those things failing all the time.

Good silicone to use is DAP All-Purpose 100% Silicone. It comes in a handheld squeeze tube if you don't have a caulking gun, though you can buy it in a caulking tube also which is cheaper than the small tube. Any silicone used must be 100% pure silicone, and must not have any anti-mold or mildew agents in it --those are toxic to fish.

And yeah, you should go ahead and make the filters and start them soaking. Kaldnes will float for a few days before it fluidizes so you may as well start priming it.
Congrats on you new guy! So is this the silicone you are talking about https://www.amazon.ca/00694-Silicone-Rubber-Marine-Sealant/dp/B000PSB1VY/ref=pd_cp_60_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=FEQW8J7SHT6ZQF174MSR

I think I may have to start with the mesh and move to the pvc board in the future!
 

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The marine sealant kind can't be used. It has to b the aquarium safe "all purpose" kind.

It's this:

https://www.amazon.com/00688-All-Purpose-Adhesive-Silicone-2-8-Ounce/dp/B000KE4PBQ/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1509133762&sr=8-5&keywords=all+purpose+silicone

And thanks! Though the person I was getting the tank from decided to arbitrarily screw me out of it and now I have a homeless betta living in a jar on my table until I get a breeder box to house it in one of my other tanks.

People suck.
Did he sell it to someone else??

Where did you get the pvc board?
 

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Yep. It was promised to me, we had a time and place set up and everything. Got a new betta to put in it and a few minutes ago I get a message saying they randomly decided they're going to give it to somebody else. Told them I already have a fish and nowhere to put it, and they still insisted they're giving it to someone else.

They still have it, even, they haven't given it up yet, they're just refusing to let me have it. Really, really, really annoyed.
 

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The PVC board came from eBay. A lot of vendors have it. You'll need to get pieces in the rough sizes you need and cut them down with either a box cutter or a small hack saw depending on the thickness. 3 mm is thin enough to be cut with a box cutter or x-acto knife. You'll also need a drill to put holes in it so water flows through it. Search eBay for "sintra PVC board".
 

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The PVC board came from eBay. A lot of vendors have it. You'll need to get pieces in the rough sizes you need and cut them down with either a box cutter or a small hack saw depending on the thickness. 3 mm is thin enough to be cut with a box cutter or x-acto knife. You'll also need a drill to put holes in it so water flows through it. Search eBay for "sintra PVC board".
Will do sorry about the tank and thank you so much for helping me and giving me your time these past few days! Wouldn't have been able to do this without your help! :wink3:
 
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