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post #1 of 11 Old 09-13-2009, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Filter and divider recomendations

I just purchased a used 56 gallon aquarium (30 wide x 18 deep x 24 tall in inches) and stand. I plan on dividing it into three sections, using black plexiglass drilled for water flow.

This setup would be for my three (3) male Bettas and am trying to decide on my filter options. I have always used HOB filters and was thinking of using two (2)Emperor 280 filters, one on each end with baffles to filter the tank with a 250 watt heater (Visi-Therm Stealth Heater) in the middle section.

I originally wanted to block off the rear about six (6) inches in, use a single filter (Emperor 400) and heater in this section, then divide the front section into three (3), however; due to the tank frame and center support, I don't think I will be able to get the plexi in.

Looking for some ideas from the experienced crowd......

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-13-2009, 09:39 PM
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Wow! like 18 gallons for each betta.
Now I will use Aunt Kymmie's line: and if it was but its not!
I think you should just divide the ends for two bettas or maybe even two on each end if you divide each space in half again. With maybe a female betta sorrority with other fish in the middle. I just feel the space could be used better instead of for just three bettas. But its your aquarium, your ideas, your fish have fun!

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-13-2009, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! like 18 gallons for each betta.
Now I will use Aunt Kymmie's line: and if it was but its not!
I think you should just divide the ends for two bettas or maybe even two on each end if you divide each space in half again. With maybe a female betta sorrority with other fish in the middle. I just feel the space could be used better instead of for just three bettas. But its your aquarium, your ideas, your fish have fun!

I did not think of that... The tank is in a spot where both ends will be seen, and it would leave me room for some future girls!!!!

Thanks, keep em coming!
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-13-2009, 10:19 PM
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ill draw you a picture because i dont know if you fully understood that... it was hard to make sense of it myself. it will be top view.



Also the filter can go in the middle of the bettas dont get angry with the current

Also, if you were going to drill the plexiglass make sure the holes are small, more small holes then some big ones because bettas try every way to get around them. Make sure their body cannot fit through the hole. You wouldnt want the females mixing with males, or males mixing with males, all=very very bad

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ill draw you a picture because i dont know if you fully understood that... it was hard to make sense of it myself. it will be top view.



Also the filter can go in the middle of the bettas dont get angry with the current

Also, if you were going to drill the plexiglass make sure the holes are small, more small holes then some big ones because bettas try every way to get around them. Make sure their body cannot fit through the hole. You wouldnt want the females mixing with males, or males mixing with males, all=very very bad

That is exactly what I thought you meant.... After doing a little reading, I learned I can get 1/16 black acrylic plexiglass that is flexible enough to roll up and put into the tank through the opening I have

Now to design the dimensions and order the acrylic!!!!

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post #6 of 11 Old 09-13-2009, 10:34 PM
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No problems,would love to see the finished product or even document your build!

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Wow, nice mock up, Trevor. If it was my tank (and it's not) that's exactly what I'd do.

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post #8 of 11 Old 09-13-2009, 10:42 PM
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Thanks, that tank looks like it would be a good betta fry area in the middle if you were going to breed. Ah i need to buy a bigger tank all the possibilities :)

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Thanks, that tank looks like it would be a good betta fry area in the middle if you were going to breed. Ah i need to buy a bigger tank all the possibilities :)

I will definitely document the build..... now to decide which filter setup to use.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-13-2009, 11:15 PM
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well I don't know much about filters for big tanks.

However Byron has very nice tanks on the site and uses either Eheim Pro II, or Rena XP3 on his tanks. I don't know if these will be overkill for yours. But ill look around.

This is the rena.. http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...400&lmdn=Brand

this is the Eheim Pro... http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...154&lmdn=Brand

Filters are very expensive .

Ill have to keep that in mind when I buy my tank.

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