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Bettas in a single tank separated by dividers

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:18 pm Post subject: Bettas in a single tank separated by dividers Reply with quote

 Am  planning  to  make  a  24"  X  6"  X  6"  tank  with  4  glass  dividers  in  between  for  the  4  bettas  that  I  have.  (The  5th  compartment  will  be  taken  by  a  plump  female  betta  that  I  have  booked  with  my  LFS)
 Am  planning  to  do  this  latest  by  next  weekend  (got  an  ultimatum  from  Mom  that  you  better  manage  your  "fighter"  bowls  properly  or  give  them  all  away)
 
 Am  sure  many  of  us  would  have  already  done  something  like  this.
 
 I  would  like  to  know,  will  the  bettas  in  the  tank  get  too  stressed  seeing  and  flaring  at    each  other  ?
 Do  I  make  the  dividers  opaque  ?
 
 Should  I  look  for  any  other  alternatives  in  terms  of  dividers  (any  other  material  )  ?
 
 Looking  forward  to  your  inputs/suggestions.
 
 Cheers,
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 I  would  suggest  you  to  go  for  12*6*6  tanks  instead  of  one  big  24*6*6.  
 
 1.  The  fish  will  be  stressed  by  flaring  to  eachother,  you  need  to  make  the  face  opaque.
 2.  IMO,  cleaning  this  tank  will  be  a  head-ache.
 3.  I  wish  this  should  not  happen,  but  the  tank  will  be  a  waste  when  you  get  rid  of  the  fighters  and  you  may  not  find  a  guy  willing  to  buy  this.
 
 instead  go  for  12*6*6  tanks,  make  sure  the  fishes  will  not  flare  to  each  other.    You  can  also  have  a  divider  and  keep  two  fishes  in  this  size  of  the  tank.
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 Hi
 If  bettas  see  each  other  they  will  flare  and  get  stressed.  Try  and  &  have  partitions  opaque.
 You  can  use  plastic  patritions.
 Instead  of  gluing  the  partitions  you  can  just  hold  them  in  place.
 This  way  you  can  take  them  out  and  you  will  have  one  whole  tank.
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 A  24*6*6  tank  imo  is  really  odd  in  proportion  and  can't  be  used  well  for  anything  other  than  the  purpose  you  just  mentioned.  Probably  better  to  make  something  which  you  can  sell  when  you  aren't  interested  anymore.
 The  dividers  have  to  be  opaque  or  the  bettas  will  get  stressed.
 You  can  use  the  plastic  wallpaper  that  is  found  in  most  LFS  as  a  background,  cut  it  according  to  the  size  needed  and  paste  it  onto  the  divider  glass.
 I  have  seen  opaque  dividers  yesterday  in  Steve's  shop  for  sperating  a  pair  of    pearls.
 For  my  bettas  which  are  in  4  seperate    8*5*5s  ,  I  just  cut  up  newspaper  to  the  right  size  and  put  it  in  between  the  tanks.
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 Hayath  make  the  opaque  screen  removable.  The  males  need  to  show  off  once  in  a  while  to  be  in  prime  condition.
 
 Make  the  dividers  of  glass,  but  have  a  opaque  removable  sheet  to  keep  them  from  seeing  each  other.  Remove  the  sheet  for  about  1/2  an  hour  in  the  morning  and  evening.
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 Thank  you  all  for  your  suggestions.  Clapping  
 
 As  per  the  suggestions  and  ideas  given  here's  what    I  plan  to  do.
 (Have  tried  to  combine  the  ideas  given  Wink)
 
 1.  Scale  down  the  tank  dimensions  to  18  x  6  x  6.  Provide  3  partitions  (which  means  the  4th  betta  has  to  stay  in  the  10"  bowl  till  I  make  the  next  betta  holders,  and  the  4th  slot  in  the  holder  will  go  to  the  female  betta)
 
 2.  Hunt  for  some  column  which  provides  me  a  slot-kind  of    arrangement,  where  I  can  remove  the  glass  divider  when  the  need  arises.  (These  slot-holders  are  going  to  be  the  only  thing  glued  inside  the  tank).
     Thanks  Sandeep.
 
 Any  ideas  what  could  be  used  ,  which  is  inert  and  will  not  change  the  water  chemistry  ?
 
 3.  Alongside  the  glass,  use  the  wallpaper  as  the  opaque  removable  screen,  when  removed  will  get  them  to  display  to  one  another  and  provide  quite  a  spectacle  to  us.
         Thanks  Pradeep  &  Madan.
 
 Keep  the  ideas  and  suggestions  coming    Rock On
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:01 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Hayath,
 
 You  might  find  this  Link  interesting.
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Hayath,
 
 You  might  find  this  Link  interesting.                

 
 Hey  Thilak,
     Thank  you  for  the  link.  I  had  gone  through  the  same  link  a  few  days  back.
 If  I  were  to  use  the  craft  material  which  gives  a  mesh-like  look,  wont  the  bettas  still  flare  at  each  other  constantly  ?
 
 Or  maybe  I  can  use  the  craft-mesh  and  the  wallpaper  combination  to  make  an  opaque  divider    Very Happy  
 
 Thank  you  for  getting  me  to  start  thinking  on  alternatives
 
 Cheers,
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