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We are doing some behavioral experiments with fish in my lab in which we want to allow females to see males, but not vice versa. Some studies have used one way mirrors for this, but it is unclear whether the mirrors should be inside the tank (as a divider) or between tanks (in which males/female are kept next door in two tanks).

Have any of you used one way mirrors for any reason? If so, do you have any advice?

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I would say in the tank as a divider. If the tanks are side by side, the fish have to look through 2 pieces of tank glass and then a tinted one way mirror in between. I would think that would be tough to see through.

Are you doing this to study females or males? The reason I ask, that if using mirrored glass, the males will think it's image is another male and may act differently if alone or with a female.
 
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