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Separate compartment for betta in community tank?

Discussion in 'Betta/Gourami Discussion' started by MissFishLeigh, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. MissFishLeigh

    MissFishLeigh Small Fish

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    I want to put some sort of divider up in my 10 gallon fish tank for a betta. I don't want to risk putting the betta in with my danios. I keep the tank at 78 degrees and I also have 10 Amano shrimp and an apple snail. I don't want the traditional divider (they look ugly to me) I want something like a clear acrylic column with holes in it that I can place In the center on the tank. Ive also seen those little squares that people put in their tanks for their betta, but I want room for my betta to swim like the other fish in the tank do. Any suggestions?*twirlysmi
     


  2. IThinkTherefore

    IThinkTherefore Large Fish

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    Your best bet for something so specific would be to make your own! It would be a fun project.

    There are aquarium-safe types of silicone, and clear acrylic isn't expensive. Just make sure the betta has room to swim, and a place to hide!

    Edit: Oh, and make sure he can reach the surface for air!
     
  3. MissFishLeigh

    MissFishLeigh Small Fish

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    That's exactly what I was thinking, I want to put in a pretty flowery looking plant and have the top uncovered and a peaking out of the water for convient feeding and breathing :)

    I will probably just have to hit up a craft store :p

    And what do you think about making the holes big enough for my shrimp to get through but not my fish?
     
  4. Thyra

    Thyra Superstar Fish

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    Bettas are all different and some get along just fine in a community tank - some are scared to death to be in all the commotion of an active tank, but do remember, they can get caught in tiny places and I would be concerned about how tightly any divider fit in a tank. Fish don't back up very well and they tend to explore every nook and granny in their tank. I have a betta that swims just fine with a bunch of platies and 4 danios. I had another that I tried that with and after 24 hours he still wasn't moving around and so I moved him to his own tank.
     
  5. HEADIN

    HEADIN Large Fish

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    Why not just get another tank if u really want a betta that much rather than limiting the danios to a smaller space.

    Id just put him in. Isnt goin to catch them even if it wanted to. Prob wouldnt even bother with any1 else.
     
  6. MissFishLeigh

    MissFishLeigh Small Fish

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    Maybe, I'm going to call my local fish store (great store, keeps all fish so healthy... You never see on dead one unlike petco, walmart, ect.) and ask if they sell the bettas they already have in community tanks. I just worry about my 2 giant danios, one of them chases all my fish and the shrimp... I just don't want the betta to hurt any of them and vise versa.
     
  7. Dan Steveo

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    i didn't know a betta would have an issue with danio's have you tried them together?
     
  8. MissFishLeigh

    MissFishLeigh Small Fish

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    I think I'm just going to get myself a betta and try it with my danios..
     
  9. MissFishLeigh

    MissFishLeigh Small Fish

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    How do you introduce a betta to a community tank? The same way I introduced all my other fish?
     
  10. lauraf

    lauraf Superstar Fish

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    Yes.
    Bettas and danios can be problematic together mostly because danios can be a bit nippy to other long-finned fish - they are also faster moving that the stately betta, and some bettas can feel stressed by all the action. But it can work. Just watch carefully and be prepared to rehome the betta right away at any signs of aggression or general distress. Do you have lots of plants or decor in your tank?
     
  11. IThinkTherefore

    IThinkTherefore Large Fish

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    That actually sounds really nice! The fresh warm water will make the setup much healthier than the traditional betta bowl XD

    How many inches do you think it'd be in diameter?

    I would be a little worried about holes big enough for shrimp... wouldn't want to have your betta's head stuck! Perhaps thin slots near the bottom, if anything.
     
  12. MissFishLeigh

    MissFishLeigh Small Fish

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    I have a skull (the brain part is hollow and the mouth is open) a fake coral and a fake sea anemone.
     
  13. lauraf

    lauraf Superstar Fish

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    What do you think about putting in some tall live plants to offer your betta a cozy chill-out place???
     
  14. MissFishLeigh

    MissFishLeigh Small Fish

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    I think I'm going to finish my nursery for my baby than make my own cylinder devider, I was thinking like 7-8 inches in diameter and my tank is a little over 12 inches tall... I'll prolly get it a little cave-like decoration to sleep in, I know how bettas like to nap :p
     
  15. MissFishLeigh

    MissFishLeigh Small Fish

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    Where ever I put my betta he will have a leafy fake plant... I don't have time for a planted tank between my new puppy, my 2 cats, my boyfriend and a baby girl on the way. Bettas and plantsnjust go hand and hand
     
  16. IThinkTherefore

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    Sounds way awesome! Make sure you post some pictures when you do get around to it :)
     
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