Originally Posted by TheGuppyGirl
I have a divided 5.5 gal
tank that I want to take the top rim off, and I've been concerned about the structural integrity. However if I use the plexi-glass divider as a brace do you think it can withstand the water pressure?
I know it's a bit off-topic, but I'd really appreciate your thoughts.
Is your tank glass or acrylic? If you are using silicone to bond the plexi to a glass tank, you should be aware that silicone does not actually bond to plastic, so it will add minimal support and you should not expect to have that seal be water tight. That being said, it should be fine to take the rim off (I think) just based on the fact that the water pressure of 5 gallons is not that much.
Originally Posted by hippokitty
If you divide a 5.5 the resulting water volume on either side will be insufficient for pretty much anything to thrive except maybe a very small female betta, fry, or shrimp.
Although in a 2.25 gal
a Betta might not be as active as in, for example a 5 gal
, I have seen plenty of people keep Bettas in much less than that. I personally feel that you can appreciate a Betta more in a larger tank, there is nothing specifically wrong with keeping a Betta in a 2.25. That is probably closer what I think the minimum size should be (something like 1.5 gal
, bare minimum), but nearly every situation is better than the cups that they are sold in.
And Guppy, I like your tank. Very nice!