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smaugthebetta:

xxmidnighttemptressxx:

smaugthebetta:

Okay so this is where my tanks are. The plan originally was to move the 10 gallon over once it’s cycled to make it centered before moving smaug into it, and then use the 2.5 gallon as a hospital tank if needed.
But I would really love to get a second betta. I don’t want to divide the 10 because it would make things a lot more expensive (I’d end up needing the divider, plus silicon sealant, and I’d want another piece of driftwood so both sides would have one). Plus I’m worried about one of them finding their way around the divider.
So I was thinking about maybe getting another sponge filter, and putting it in the 10 while it cycles, that way once it’s cycled I can move smaug over, put the smaller filter in the 2.5 (it’s currently uncycled, I’ve been doing very frequent water changes) and get another betta. Also I would put something between the tanks so the fish wouldn’t be able to see each other.
But I dunno, I just feel like 2.5 is really small, especially compared to 10. And I really want smaug to be able to have the whole 10 to himself. Should I just forget it and stick with the one betta, or would it be worth it to do the whole extra filter idea?
Pros: -2 wiggle butts! -wouldn’t have to worry about the divider -fewer water changes -more affordable than dividing the 10 -they’d each have their own tanks so if one gets sick it won’t affect the other as easily
Cons: -2.5 is really small -wouldn’t have a light in the 2.5 -less room on the dresser -harder to hold a cycle in a 2.5?

I would divide it :) (cuz that’s what i did with my ten gal lol) you can make 2 plastic dividers for less than 5 dollars with some stuff from your local walmart and you don’t absolutely have to seal the dividers, some suction cups also hold them in place really well if you’re worried about them moving (so maybe plants that attach to the tank wall? Also limits the fish seeing each other and looks better than sealant).  As long as the dividers are just a little wider than your tank (but still fit without bending tremendously and are placed where they stay nice and snug) they won’t move unless you move them, my boys can body slam theirs and the dividers don’t even shudder. Sure there’s sometimes a little gap but not enough for a fish to get through, or even think about trying, especially with a plant suction cupped right against it (YOU… SHALL NOT… PASS!).  If you really want 2 wiggle butts <3 I personally think that dividing is the way to go.  Plus, having the 2.5 as a hospital tank is definitely a good idea.  You can always divide the 10 gallon before you get the fish to see how you like it and how your fish responds, in fact that’s what I recommend. Put up the divider (or two, you can put the equipment in the middle section with no worries about the babies being stressed by the filter) That way you can either have everything ready for the new baby after the quarantine period and buy decorations one or two at a time if you really want them, or just pull the dividers out if you decide against it and only be out 5 bucks or less if you don’t buy more decorations. If you bought more driftwood and/or plants you could still put them in the tank if you really want, even if you decide not to divide.  Also, it really is so much easier to care for multiple bettas in the same large tank than trying to hold a cycle in a 2.5 gallon.  Your new fish (should you choose to adopt him or her) will be much happier with almost 5 gallons of space than only 2.5.  It’s all up to you, but here are some ideas and if you ever have questions my ask box is always open.

Hello! Thank you for your comment :) I’ve actually already divided it. However, I only did one divider, so one of the babies will have to put up with the filter. But I got a sponge filter so hopefully it won’t be too bad. I might switch them every few weeks too. I really want two wiggle butts, sooo I decided dividing the 10 would be best. More room for both of them! I’ve got it almost completely set up, just need sand and plants now, but I’m going to start cycling it this week :)

Awesome <3 and yeah, i agree, a sponge filter shouldn’t stress them much (i missed the part about what type you had at first… oops lol)  Good luck with your cycle and I look forward to seeing pictures when everything is all set up and ready. :3

smaugthebetta:

xxmidnighttemptressxx:

smaugthebetta:

Okay so this is where my tanks are. The plan originally was to move the 10 gallon over once it’s cycled to make it centered before moving smaug into it, and then use the 2.5 gallon as a hospital tank if needed.

But I would really love to get a second betta. I don’t want to divide the 10 because it would make things a lot more expensive (I’d end up needing the divider, plus silicon sealant, and I’d want another piece of driftwood so both sides would have one). Plus I’m worried about one of them finding their way around the divider.

So I was thinking about maybe getting another sponge filter, and putting it in the 10 while it cycles, that way once it’s cycled I can move smaug over, put the smaller filter in the 2.5 (it’s currently uncycled, I’ve been doing very frequent water changes) and get another betta. Also I would put something between the tanks so the fish wouldn’t be able to see each other.

But I dunno, I just feel like 2.5 is really small, especially compared to 10. And I really want smaug to be able to have the whole 10 to himself. Should I just forget it and stick with the one betta, or would it be worth it to do the whole extra filter idea?

Pros:
-2 wiggle butts!
-wouldn’t have to worry about the divider
-fewer water changes
-more affordable than dividing the 10
-they’d each have their own tanks so if one gets sick it won’t affect the other as easily

Cons:
-2.5 is really small
-wouldn’t have a light in the 2.5
-less room on the dresser
-harder to hold a cycle in a 2.5?

I would divide it :) (cuz that’s what i did with my ten gal lol) you can make 2 plastic dividers for less than 5 dollars with some stuff from your local walmart and you don’t absolutely have to seal the dividers, some suction cups also hold them in place really well if you’re worried about them moving (so maybe plants that attach to the tank wall? Also limits the fish seeing each other and looks better than sealant).  As long as the dividers are just a little wider than your tank (but still fit without bending tremendously and are placed where they stay nice and snug) they won’t move unless you move them, my boys can body slam theirs and the dividers don’t even shudder. Sure there’s sometimes a little gap but not enough for a fish to get through, or even think about trying, especially with a plant suction cupped right against it (YOU… SHALL NOT… PASS!).  If you really want 2 wiggle butts <3 I personally think that dividing is the way to go.  Plus, having the 2.5 as a hospital tank is definitely a good idea.  You can always divide the 10 gallon before you get the fish to see how you like it and how your fish responds, in fact that’s what I recommend. Put up the divider (or two, you can put the equipment in the middle section with no worries about the babies being stressed by the filter) That way you can either have everything ready for the new baby after the quarantine period and buy decorations one or two at a time if you really want them, or just pull the dividers out if you decide against it and only be out 5 bucks or less if you don’t buy more decorations. If you bought more driftwood and/or plants you could still put them in the tank if you really want, even if you decide not to divide.  Also, it really is so much easier to care for multiple bettas in the same large tank than trying to hold a cycle in a 2.5 gallon.  Your new fish (should you choose to adopt him or her) will be much happier with almost 5 gallons of space than only 2.5.  It’s all up to you, but here are some ideas and if you ever have questions my ask box is always open.

Hello! Thank you for your comment :) I’ve actually already divided it. However, I only did one divider, so one of the babies will have to put up with the filter. But I got a sponge filter so hopefully it won’t be too bad. I might switch them every few weeks too. I really want two wiggle butts, sooo I decided dividing the 10 would be best. More room for both of them! I’ve got it almost completely set up, just need sand and plants now, but I’m going to start cycling it this week :)

Awesome <3 and yeah, i agree, a sponge filter shouldn’t stress them much (i missed the part about what type you had at first… oops lol)  Good luck with your cycle and I look forward to seeing pictures when everything is all set up and ready. :3

Since I keep accidentally posting fish stuff to my personal blog, if you’re looking for fish posts this is where they will be.  I may be deleting my personal blog but still haven’t decided yet

Thank you for your input :]

No problem, always glad to help :3

smaugthebetta:

Okay so this is where my tanks are. The plan originally was to move the 10 gallon over once it’s cycled to make it centered before moving smaug into it, and then use the 2.5 gallon as a hospital tank if needed.
But I would really love to get a second betta. I don’t want to divide the 10 because it would make things a lot more expensive (I’d end up needing the divider, plus silicon sealant, and I’d want another piece of driftwood so both sides would have one). Plus I’m worried about one of them finding their way around the divider.
So I was thinking about maybe getting another sponge filter, and putting it in the 10 while it cycles, that way once it’s cycled I can move smaug over, put the smaller filter in the 2.5 (it’s currently uncycled, I’ve been doing very frequent water changes) and get another betta. Also I would put something between the tanks so the fish wouldn’t be able to see each other.
But I dunno, I just feel like 2.5 is really small, especially compared to 10. And I really want smaug to be able to have the whole 10 to himself. Should I just forget it and stick with the one betta, or would it be worth it to do the whole extra filter idea?
Pros: -2 wiggle butts! -wouldn’t have to worry about the divider -fewer water changes -more affordable than dividing the 10 -they’d each have their own tanks so if one gets sick it won’t affect the other as easily
Cons: -2.5 is really small -wouldn’t have a light in the 2.5 -less room on the dresser -harder to hold a cycle in a 2.5?

I would divide it :) (cuz that&#8217;s what i did with my ten gal lol) you can make 2 plastic dividers for less than 5 dollars with some stuff from your local walmart and you don&#8217;t absolutely have to seal the dividers, some suction cups also hold them in place really well if you&#8217;re worried about them moving (so maybe plants that attach to the tank wall? Also limits the fish seeing each other and looks better than sealant).  As long as the dividers are just a little wider than your tank (but still fit without bending tremendously and are placed where they stay nice and snug) they won&#8217;t move unless you move them, my boys can body slam theirs and the dividers don&#8217;t even shudder. Sure there&#8217;s sometimes a little gap but not enough for a fish to get through, or even think about trying, especially with a plant suction cupped right against it (YOU&#8230; SHALL NOT&#8230; PASS!).  If you really want 2 wiggle butts &lt;3 I personally think that dividing is the way to go.  Plus, having the 2.5 as a hospital tank is definitely a good idea.  You can always divide the 10 gallon before you get the fish to see how you like it and how your fish responds, in fact that&#8217;s what I recommend. Put up the divider (or two, you can put the equipment in the middle section with no worries about the babies being stressed by the filter) That way you can either have everything ready for the new baby after the quarantine period and buy decorations one or two at a time if you really want them, or just pull the dividers out if you decide against it and only be out 5 bucks or less if you don&#8217;t buy more decorations. If you bought more driftwood and/or plants you could still put them in the tank if you really want, even if you decide not to divide.  Also, it really is so much easier to care for multiple bettas in the same large tank than trying to hold a cycle in a 2.5 gallon.  Your new fish (should you choose to adopt him or her) will be much happier with almost 5 gallons of space than only 2.5.  It&#8217;s all up to you, but here are some ideas and if you ever have questions my ask box is always open.

smaugthebetta:

Okay so this is where my tanks are. The plan originally was to move the 10 gallon over once it’s cycled to make it centered before moving smaug into it, and then use the 2.5 gallon as a hospital tank if needed.

But I would really love to get a second betta. I don’t want to divide the 10 because it would make things a lot more expensive (I’d end up needing the divider, plus silicon sealant, and I’d want another piece of driftwood so both sides would have one). Plus I’m worried about one of them finding their way around the divider.

So I was thinking about maybe getting another sponge filter, and putting it in the 10 while it cycles, that way once it’s cycled I can move smaug over, put the smaller filter in the 2.5 (it’s currently uncycled, I’ve been doing very frequent water changes) and get another betta. Also I would put something between the tanks so the fish wouldn’t be able to see each other.

But I dunno, I just feel like 2.5 is really small, especially compared to 10. And I really want smaug to be able to have the whole 10 to himself. Should I just forget it and stick with the one betta, or would it be worth it to do the whole extra filter idea?

Pros:
-2 wiggle butts!
-wouldn’t have to worry about the divider
-fewer water changes
-more affordable than dividing the 10
-they’d each have their own tanks so if one gets sick it won’t affect the other as easily

Cons:
-2.5 is really small
-wouldn’t have a light in the 2.5
-less room on the dresser
-harder to hold a cycle in a 2.5?

I would divide it :) (cuz that’s what i did with my ten gal lol) you can make 2 plastic dividers for less than 5 dollars with some stuff from your local walmart and you don’t absolutely have to seal the dividers, some suction cups also hold them in place really well if you’re worried about them moving (so maybe plants that attach to the tank wall? Also limits the fish seeing each other and looks better than sealant).  As long as the dividers are just a little wider than your tank (but still fit without bending tremendously and are placed where they stay nice and snug) they won’t move unless you move them, my boys can body slam theirs and the dividers don’t even shudder. Sure there’s sometimes a little gap but not enough for a fish to get through, or even think about trying, especially with a plant suction cupped right against it (YOU… SHALL NOT… PASS!).  If you really want 2 wiggle butts <3 I personally think that dividing is the way to go.  Plus, having the 2.5 as a hospital tank is definitely a good idea.  You can always divide the 10 gallon before you get the fish to see how you like it and how your fish responds, in fact that’s what I recommend. Put up the divider (or two, you can put the equipment in the middle section with no worries about the babies being stressed by the filter) That way you can either have everything ready for the new baby after the quarantine period and buy decorations one or two at a time if you really want them, or just pull the dividers out if you decide against it and only be out 5 bucks or less if you don’t buy more decorations. If you bought more driftwood and/or plants you could still put them in the tank if you really want, even if you decide not to divide.  Also, it really is so much easier to care for multiple bettas in the same large tank than trying to hold a cycle in a 2.5 gallon.  Your new fish (should you choose to adopt him or her) will be much happier with almost 5 gallons of space than only 2.5.  It’s all up to you, but here are some ideas and if you ever have questions my ask box is always open.

phyllopt3ryx:

Ok, so I’ve done some poking around the internet to find some information about safe materials, and this is my revised approach to building a better home for Xeno.

I already own a AQT 3001 air pump. With airline tubing and a broken airstone.

I’m poised to order a replacement Aqua-Mist airstone,…

Personally I think so, I’ve never built a sponge filter but it sounds like you’ve done your research and have a plan.  5.5 gallons is plenty of space and what you’ve described sounds like a wonderful home. Thank you for caring enough about your pet to give him a nice new home. <3

Pet Supplies You Need to Care for Betta Fish

iantojonesthebetta:

So you think you’re ready to bring home a new betta?

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People often provide very minimal care for their fish because they think that they will only last a few months and that they are “just fish”. Unfortunately, this is a very poor way of thinking that only means a lifetime (no matter how long or short) of misery for innocent living beings.

Betta splendens (a.k.a. bettas or Siamese fighting fish) can actually live for 2 to 5 years if they are properly taken care of. The factors that help ensure a long life include having adequate space, clean and warm water, and the proper food. So, in order to provide those key aspects and more to ensure that your beautiful pet is healthy and thriving, here are various pet supplies you need to care for your betta fish:

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kai-ni:

A pet is not a good gift

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kiki531:

All filled up!
On to the cycle
Oh boy…

It looks so beautiful!

kiiyoshi:

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kiiyoshi:

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