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Old 07-19-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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Betta and axie? Not as ill advised as it sounds.

I want to divide the tank with dividers I will make my self, two 2.5 sections for two bettas, the fifteen gallon portion for the axie. Is this possible? I will use fine craft mesh for the dividers so no fins/gills get nipped.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
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petco has a nice divider thats meant for 29-55 gallons i got one for my ten and cut it down to size. they are 12 bucks if you want an actual divider in there not diy
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:19 PM   #3
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the only problem your going to have is every other day i have to switch my filter to the other side otherwise the surface will grow some slime from not enough surface agitation
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:25 PM   #4
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I'm doing sponge filters...
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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i would suggest just buying two separators and fitting them to your tank so you know for 100% sure that they cant get through to each other
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:33 PM   #6
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Um... How? Like, how would I test that?
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:36 PM   #7
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they come with clips that clip it to the side of the tank so they cant be moved and make sure the plastic is pushed right up against the glass so they cant squeeze through. i had a diy separator and they ended up getting through to each other and luckily they didnt hurt each other but it was definitely a scare now i will only use real dividers
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:44 PM   #8
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Okay... About how much would one run me? Teeny budget here.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:48 PM   #9
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it would be 25 dollars for two from petco maybe cheaper if you order some online but its better safe than sorry and these look much better than diy
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:48 PM   #10
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Oh... May have to stick to DIY......
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:00 PM   #11
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Only problem I have had with dividers is both times I have used them the betta jumped the divider.
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:O Could I use silicone to keep DIYs in place?
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:04 PM   #13
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Only problem I have had with dividers is both times I have used them the betta jumped the divider.
thats why i have my divider to the top of the tank and keep the water level about 1.5 inches below the divider. you can use silicone it will definitely help them from getting through to each other
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:O Could I use silicone to keep DIYs in place?
Yes you can. My divided 10 gallon has craft mesh siliconed in for the divider. It's easier if you slide the craft mesh into those little plastic pieces used for holding report covers together. I didn't have any on hand and it was tough getting the mesh in nicely without them. It worked, but it wasn't easy.
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thats why i have my divider to the top of the tank and keep the water level about 1.5 inches below the divider. you can use silicone it will definitely help them from getting through to each other
I do the same. Water level stays at least an inch and a half from the top of the divider!
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That's what I was planning on doing! Yay. I have a PLAN!!
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I'm not for sure but don't acolotls need alot cooler tanks than Bettas?
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I'm not for sure but don't acolotls need alot cooler tanks than Bettas?
Very true. Axies like coldwater (lower 70s I believe) and bettas do best around 80.
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Yeah... I thought about that.... Could I, like, do a fifty watt to heat it just a little? Ugh...
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Yeah... I thought about that.... Could I, like, do a fifty watt to heat it just a little? Ugh...
Essentially you could heat it a little and have both of them unhappy, keep it cool and have an unhappy betta, or heat it and have an unhappy axie. I think you would be better off with two separate tanks here.
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