I have a 20 long already split. I just didn't want to set up that big of a tank. I already have a 20 long set up with some PRL and was thinking of splitting it as well. Just didn't want to do thru all that trouble because I already have a 10 gallon ready to go.
You can buy tank dividers, or make your own even. Just get one of those plastic mesh sheets that you can find in the crafts department, I think they're for sewing. Cut it to fit your tank, and then slide report binders onto the sides so it will remain straight and stay up.
Yah plastic mesh would do absolutely nothing to keep babies separate.
Best way to split a tank, buy a piece of 12x12x2 (I think that's the 20 long size) poret open cell foam from swiss tropicals. It slides in nice and tight and functions as a bio filter while splitting the tank as well.
Lol, how did you split it? What materials? I used some SS wire mesh.
I just glued a piece of 3mm glass to separate the two sections. The divider has one or two 1.5" round hole cut out, I then cut a round piece of 1" think filter foam about 2" diameter (so it's a bit bigger than the hole), cut the grove on the side so it slides in the 1.5" hole. It works great this way.
I also bought some 2" foam 30 or 40 ppi, like this one to make HMF, I tried it and it should be a good divider as well.
[QUOTE=mordalphus;3943882Best way to split a tank, buy a piece of 12x12x2 (I think that's the 20 long size) poret open cell foam from swiss tropicals. It slides in nice and tight and functions as a bio filter while splitting the tank as well.[/QUOTE]
When I use foam dividers in shrimp tanks, I always make sure I get things a few inches taller than the tank. I always have acrobatic shrimp that make it over the top - even if it's an inch above the water line - to the other side. Not exactly ideal, depending upon setup.
But I've found that making the foam tall enough that a glass tank cover presses down on it works pretty well. (KNOCK ON WOOD)
The babies slide between the report binders because unless you glue them they move over time. The females climb up both the mesh and the poret foam even out of the water to get to the other side....maybe they think the moss is greener over there???
Ive even seen them digging in the soil to get underneath the divider....geez.
Ive yet to find any reliable way to keep them totally separate other than maybe siliconing a glass partition in the middle and putting a tight lid on each side so they can't crawl up it and over.