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    Heres my new solution to not being able to have 3 different siamese fighting fish in the same tank.

    Each compartment is 1.2gallons and they will have notches in them to allow water to flow from one section to the other (kind like a water fall and each section will have a different water level)

    for a filter i plan to run a smaller hotb filter and extend the intake to the opposite side of the tank




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    all i have left to do now is figure somthing permanant for lighting and grab the lid from my dads house





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    Nice. Is it made of acrylic?

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    Looks really good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atom View Post
    Nice. Is it made of acrylic?
    a mix of acrylic and poly carbonate
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    in the picture it is just mocked up, i just started gluing it just now because i was waiting for my 90 degree clamps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atom View Post
    In order words...keeping multiple bettas together is a ticking time bomb until someone snaps.

    Nice divided tank by the way will there be a cover of some sorts? One thing I am worried about is the black dividers. Will the bettas be able to see their reflection 24/7? Perhaps a moss wall?
    i was thinking about this possibly causing a problem (mainly because i decided to use a really dark tinted acrylic instead of a semigloss black acrylic) and i figured i would give the tank a try with it how it is and if i ran into problems with reflection i would just give the dividers a quick sanding to take away any possible reflections and give it a etched glass look but im kind of liking your idea more than mine

    as for a top i plan to use another piece of poly carbonate that is hinged with s.s hinges and i will be mounting a t5 light to the top of the lid

    as for filtration i plan to use just a smaller water pump with a simple sponge filter inside it (will post pictures later on) and run the output from the pump from one side to the other using 3/8" tube taht will go through slots in the devider and be covered by the substrate (still havent picked a substrate, i was thinking either white or black sand but im not sure what will bring out the bettas colors the best, i was also thinking about putting a few shrimp in the third section instead of a betta because atm i only have 2 bettas (crowntail and the double tail in my avatar picture)
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    my t5 light i will be screwing to the lid

    "filter" pump

    filter cloth

    Layout for cutting of dividers, holes in bottom will be for the filter output line and both notches at top will be at different heights so aquarium will have a step down waterfall effect
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    just a q, have you done your research on polycarbonate? ive always been informed that you couldnt use it in a fish tank as it can leach chemicals...? hope this is not the case!, project looks great

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    Quote Originally Posted by oakley1984 View Post
    just a q, have you done your research on polycarbonate? ive always been informed that you couldnt use it in a fish tank as it can leach chemicals...? hope this is not the case!, project looks great
    i did not end up using the poly carbonate because i took a closer look at it and it was all scratched up, i went over to my dads house and cut a few new pieces on teh table saw
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    currently cycling the tank using some of my feeder fish, found out real quick that my little t5 isnt going to put out even close to enough light to get the effect im looking for so im going to have to figure something else out for lighting but for now ive got a temporary light sitting ontop of it


    i didnt end up going black for the back because that way i can change the background to suit the color of the substrate and im using blue gravel temoporarily untill i get some black substrate thats good for plants
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