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I want to divide my 10g and i have a few questions.

  • Should i use clear plexiglass material(or tinted) or just have it opaque? i would like to see them flare at each other OCCASIONALLY and witness their temper and flexing but i wouldnt want them tiring/stressing each other out 24/7(y i mention tinted glass to act as deterrent)
  • im using 1 filter but i will have it rigged so a good 1/8 of the divider near the filter will be mesh or something where water can flow freely through that section. i wanna know if this may be problematic.
  • Are there any fish i could safely keep in the 5g sections? i will be doing some research on this too.
Any comments about your experience dividing/keeping a divided 10g aquarium? Any/all tips appreciated too. Thank you :-D

I just got a betta not too long ago and they're really cool animals. i may have a runt(small body, big tail, full features), maybe just young and yet to fully grow but hes small and man i just want another. ive seen some verrrrrry smexy looking ones lately. Plants and deco are like my favorite thing about an aquarium so thats just another reason why im stoked about dividing the tank.

Im thinking of getting another mopani piece of wood but the last one tinted the hell out of my tank, still does slightly since i boiled and let it sit. For the substrate im going half and half; black sand and medium-small natural colored rocks. Since that picture was taken, and that picture does no justice to my tank(it looks dirty but its clean and clear), i got more of those clove-leaved-small-bushy-plants(whtvrtefcksthyrcald) and moved things around.
 

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opaque divider would be best as bettas can get very stressed by flaring too much. If you want to see them flare occasionally then buy the ZooMed floating mirror for each divided side so they will flare at their own reflection occasionally. I wouldn't leave it in the tank just only a few times a day so they can "exercise" as they call it. mesh near the filter would work. umm i wouldn't put too much in a divided size of a 10 gallon as that is a little less than 5 gallons per betta not including gravel, decor, etc takes up. It really depends on the temperment of the bettas if it is best to put other creatures inthe tank with them. if you want to put another aquatic pet in each side then I would suggest a kind of shrimp like ghost shrimp, or maybe you like frogs, in that case, African Dwarf Frogs are funny and very lazy. They are hilarious to watch. I had 2 of them and loved them. They are so lazy it isn't funny. my bettas never touched them. my one male looked at one of the frogs when it went up for air like "What are you?"
 

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I'd definitely drill some slots on the top of the dividers for surface flow. Also you can paint them black using Krylon fusion spray paint. Just let the divider air out for a few days to a week.
 

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I have see-through dividers for my bettas and they have all gotten used to each other and rarely flare at each other. I have some bettas that don't do well with others in a divided and they are in separate tanks. I think it depends on the individual betta. Of course, you can't go wrong with non-see-through dividers.
 

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First, welcome to the forum! Hope you enjoy.

Opaque Plexiglas dividers with .25" holes, give more options for companion fish. I have male Panda Guppies (less finnage and half the size of Fancies) and Pygmy Cories. With the quarter-inch holes, both can swim back and forth between the sections and gives them the full 10 gallons.

If you want any sort of shrimp, wait until the tank has been cycled for at least a couple of months to allow it to "mature."
 
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