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Tank Divider??

Postby joee1e1 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:13 am

Ok so I have pretty stocked up all male tank. Most Hap/Peacock right now with 2 mbunas. Everyone gets along fine so far been 6 months. Here is the problem I am afraid of running into that I need to recoup on of my fish if it gotten sick/beatup/etc but my 29 gallon growout just has two small of fish that they will be eaten, is there anyway I could split the tank or maybe breeder net to keep the fish separate.
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Re: Tank Divider??

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:03 am

A breeder net is good for 24 hours but does not make a hospital tank. Also as you have figured out a grow-out tank does not make a hospital tank. Why not buy a 10G for $10 and keep it in storage. Keep a small filter for it running on your 29G along with the existing 29G filter. Then if you need the hospital you can just fill and move the filter.

A 29G is only 30" long...15" for the grow-outs and the sick fish is not much. My fish have jumped dividers often (my only experience with columnaris) and I find the side without the filter is pretty stagnant. Remember surface agitation is important for oxygen and the divider really calms the water on the side without the filter.
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55G Chrysonotus; 38G Demasoni
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Re: Tank Divider??

Postby RayMontana » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:19 pm

you could make it out of plexiglass so you can drill holes in it for water flow. put a powerhead on the non filter side to push the water around.
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Re: Tank Divider??

Postby gverde » Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:07 pm

I've used those white egg crate styrene lighting panels you can buy at Home Depot. You can cut them with a dremmel or grinder or use tin snips to cut them to any size. I use large rocks on both sides to support them.
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Re: Tank Divider??

Postby ha77 » Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:13 am

Yea I have had zero success with the store bought mesh dividers. I would suggest making your own out of plexi or egg crate as well.
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Re: Tank Divider??

Postby DJRansome » Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:23 pm

Works for big fish...not for fry though.
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