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Divide my 5 gallon

I been reading and reading is there away to place a divider in my 5 gallon tank even though it full of water and my betta if so how?
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there are plastic screen like dividers that you could use if you dont want to take down the tank. in order to use acrylic or glass dividers im sure you would have to empty the tank..... why do you want to divide it anyway?
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I want to save a betta from Walmart without buying another tank. You think it would be to small
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I think it's too small. 5G is the min I will use for 1 betta.

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I don't know if you could do it with water and fish inside, but there is a method with report binders and plastic craft mesh. I think that you could go down to 2.5 gal for each betta, but no smaller.

As an alternative you could get something like a kritter keeper (I think the largest one is ~ 3 gal) and keep the new betta in there...with a heater of course.
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oh well i did try though just feel bad about those fish
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Yea Wal Mart fish definately suffer
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Guys 5g for two Betta's is fine as long as I am right in thinking you mean fighting fish?

They can live in 500ml of water ( obviously not ideal ) so 5g is plenty as long as the water quality is ok, they breath air anyway though.


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My betta is from walmart. A white VT. He's going to be upgraded into a Fluval EBI with some shrimp and possibly some neons if he decides he likes other fish.

Walmart should not carry live animals!
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The breathing is not really the issue I understand they breath air just like Cory's and a few other I just want it to have enough swimming room
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And yes Walmart stinks at fish care
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what is the L/W of the tank? They do not move about much anyway, usually just build a nest and sit under it all day lol


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Guys 5g for two Betta's is fine as long as I am right in thinking you mean fighting fish?

They can live in 500ml of water ( obviously not ideal ) so 5g is plenty as long as the water quality is ok, they breath air anyway though.
You can live a closet as long as it's big enough to curl up on the floor and sleep right, so why do you need a house at all? Just because something can live in something, doesn't mean it's right.

People think because betta come from rice patty fields and such that are shallow, they do well in small water. They may only live in water 3-4" deep but when that water is 100 sq miles at 3" deep, it's not quite the same as a cup.

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You can live a closet as long as it's big enough to curl up on the floor and sleep right, so why do you need a house at all? Just because something can live in something, doesn't mean it's right.

People think because betta come from rice patty fields and such that are shallow, they do well in small water. They may only live in water 3-4" deep but when that water is 100 sq miles at 3" deep, it's not quite the same as a cup.

As I said not ideal, but they can live a very healthy life in a vase which is how many like to keep them.

To say 5g is to small is ridicules imo considering what they can happily and healthily live in.


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It's not an issue of physical space but quality of life. Bettas are predators and are very easily bored. That's why most bettas sit around doing nothing... they have nothing to do and no space to do it in. Mine is in a 6 gallon and I have a hard time picturing him in anything smaller. He moves around all day long, constantly poking around sticking his face in the plants.

I have no problem sticking mindless schooling fish in smaller tanks though as long as they have enough friends :P
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