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12-18-2013 09:03 PM
skindy Phantosos is so pretty! Great looking bettas and chambers.
12-18-2013 06:20 PM
@marko@ the dividers dont block light. i have a 15w T8 florescent light tube above the tank - the bulb is about as long as the tank - so it enters all the chambers equally.
the light was being blocked when i was using a 16W spiral compact florescent a year ago.
well them being next to each other isnt a big deal. they dividers are painted black, so they dont have a constant view of each other.
i dont do upkeep on individual chambers. if mulm and detritus collect - its no big deal. the snails will take care of it - and the biofilter will take care of the biproducts. i just do water changes. the reason i want to open it up is cuz i dont intend to get more bettas - so i may as well give these two the extra room.
12-15-2013 02:48 AM
Art by Stef* I like your aging betta-he personifies the word "Halloween".

If you didn't want to break it down, maybe you could remove the dark dividers to let in more light to the surrounding chambers, and alternate non-betta critters so the males won't be next door neighbors?

But, maybe 2 chambers are easier to upkeep than 4
I have always loved this setup.
12-15-2013 01:27 AM
@marko@ here, and aquabid.

long time no update.
only 2 fish in this now, and i dont have plans to add any more, so ill remove 2 panels when i get the time, and give them each half the tank. the plants grow very slow in here, but do pretty well - looks nice right now, except for the leftmost chamber thats overgrown with moss


2nd chamber:

3rd chamber:

phantosos is getting old:

his webbing has grown in making him look like a VT. hes still my favorite.

rightmost chamer:

11-05-2013 08:40 PM
Terminalance Fantastic, where do you sell your betta spawn? Just out of curiosity.
10-06-2013 09:23 PM
@marko@ cut the acrylic to size for dividers.

thank you.

ill take some update pics soon when i get the chance.
10-06-2013 10:29 AM
frenchie1001 The moss carpet looks really good!
10-06-2013 03:36 AM
aluka What are you using as the dividers? I have a bunch of fry growing up and i am planning something similar for 2 pairs i am going to keep.
05-19-2013 10:56 PM
05-19-2013 10:20 PM
hoa101 Which heater is that Marko? I am looking for one that fits a bit better into my own 5.5g. I have the Eheim 25w. While it works very well, it is very long.
04-14-2013 01:51 AM
@marko@ note: those pictures were taken with my phone camera, a lot of the 'dirtiness' of the water is really just grain image. ill take a pic with my canon in a few days for proof.
04-14-2013 01:50 AM
@marko@ been quite a while, thought id give you guys an update:

02-02-2013 10:07 AM
Originally Posted by @marko@ View Post
on a 10 gallon, perhaps one of the mini canister filters would be best. you could stick the intake on one side, and outtake all the way on the other, and the water would have to pass through all the chambers. you may need to break up the current from the outtake for that one betta though.

Well, you have a great tank, and it works ! I've considered a mini-canister (Like a Rapids Mini) and thought about running a DIY spraybar the whole length. The spraybar itself wouldn't be hard, getting the holes calibrated would be tough. Maybe a "reverse" spraybar for the return..? I did see a setup on a 10 using 2 AC 20s. It was neatly done, I love my ACs (I run a 50 and a 20) and they work well. On the other hand, they do push a lot of current, and they look...well, functional, lol. As this tank will on display, was hoping for an elegant look(maybe 3 Mignon 150s..?) but bottom line is price and health of the fish. Anyway, subscribed! Looking forward to reading your updates from time to time
01-30-2013 02:13 PM
@marko@ thank you!
its really uplifting to hear you 'inspired' someone.

on a 10 gallon, perhaps one of the mini canister filters would be best. you could stick the intake on one side, and outtake all the way on the other, and the water would have to pass through all the chambers. you may need to break up the current from the outtake for that one betta though.
01-30-2013 06:33 AM
TeteRouge Beautiful tank and Bettas, wish you all the best with them! You've also inspired me to build a 4 section 10g for half-moon plakats (using dark mesh instead of acrylic). I really like your filtering system, looks elegant and is obviously effective. Don't know if 3 Mignons would work for a 10, tho...getting calculator out, lol.
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