2 males...one tank :S

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For a couple of months now Betta the male betta (I never really gave him a proper name) has lived by himself as the king of his 7g tank. Yesterday however...I put another male betta in with him. Betta was furious!
Now now...calm down, it's not what you think!!!! They are separated and Betta cannot get to the new intruder. He is refusing to give up however, and continues to charge and flare at him sporadically and even started building a bubble nest I do hope he does not wear himself out

Well, that was the short version, if you are intrigued into how this situation came about...feel free to continue reading!

Yesterday my parents came home from a wedding where the groom was Vietnamese. One of their traditions is to give their guests a live fish as a symbol of good luck. Well it might be good luck for the people who actually decide to keep the fish, but not for the betta whose new owner decides to keep them in that unheated, unfiltered 0.5 gallon prison!!!!
So my parents brought home their prize knowing that I would gladly take care of it...the question at the present time however is...how?
Well, my first plan was to con my brother into driving me to a pet store so that I could purchase a breeder box for the new betta (who I will now refer to as Bruise as he is black and blue) so he could temporarily live in my 50g...the conning did not go well, and so the glass container that Bruise arrived in is now sitting in the 7g with a plastic thingy covering him so that:
a) Betta could not rip him to pieces...or vise vera and
b) he did not freeze during the night as it is winter here
Do not worry, the plastic thingy has holes so that fresh air reaches Bruise.

So here I am trying to decide whether to get Bruise his own tank or to divide the 7g or to get a bigger tank and divide that...
And my family is not helping with the 'What's wrong with the glass container he's in now??'
Sometimes I wish I had family members who actually understood and care about fish as we all do on fishlore...*sigh*

So yeah...sorry...I just had to rant ;D
 

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Hello StefJane,

Congrats on the new boy! I'm glad that you have them separated as Betta doesn' not look too thrilled.

I think it would be fine for you to divide the 7g tank. However, going to a 10 gallon and dividing would be good if it's within your means. Either way as long as you keep up with your water changes, keep them warm about 80 degrees, hopefully everything will be fine.

Beautiful boys you have there!

A link you may find interesting if you haven't already seen it:

https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/threads/dividing-a-tank-for-bettas-fun-and-low-cost.46452/

Best of luck and please keep us posted.

Ken
 

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If you end up doing the DIY divider for your tank and Betta is continually aggressive toward the other male, double up the plastic mesh so that they can't see each other and make sure you use dark-colored plastic mesh. Also, put some of the plastic mesh over the top so the two boys can't jump the divider and get to each other. I've had that happen and it did not end well for either boy.
 
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Well I finally got to a pet store last wednesday and got a breeder box. I put it in the 7g instead of the 50 gallon just to see if Betta would eventually calm down...he did, though that may be because he can't see Bruise as clearly as he could before
After much pondering I've decided to divide the 7g. It's the easiest thing to do. Getting Bruise his own tank will require a place to put it (good luck finding one!) as well as more electricity and yet ANOTHER tank to clean (which I hate doing lol, my 50 gallon is enough work!), and the table which currently supports the 7g doesn't have much room for a 10 gallon It was rather tempting though!
So tomorrow I'll go shopping (I HATE shopping!) to find something to divide the tank.
Thanks for the link Ken, it's given me a few ideas!
Bassbonediva: I'm sorry about your boys...and thanks for making sure it doesn't happen to mine
 

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Looks like you made the best out of a sad situation. The tank looks nice.
Bruise got lucky having your parents bring hm home to you.
Hopefully they'll behave until you can properly divide it.
 
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Well...went shopping....and didn't find ANYTHING!
I did buy a background a $1 though They're usually $6-8 in pet stores
 

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Did you check out the DIY divider Thread? Most craft stores should carry the mesh...
 
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GUESS WHAT!!!!! THE 7g IS NOW DIVIDED!!!!!!!
It has taken over a month!!!! I finally found and bought a plastic divider over the internet and attempted to cut it to size with a bread knife (it is a VERY sharp bread knife, and has not even been dulled by the ordeal! ;D). It is a little too big so it is curved, but it is definitely secure!
I also bought some riccia fluitans because I thought that the bettas might enjoy a floating plant.
 

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Nice job stefjane! That tank looks really good.
 

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Hello StefJane,

Yeah!!! Your tank looks great and I love your plants! You have some beautiful bettas.

Thanks for keep us updated!

Ken
 
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Thanks guys! I'm really happy with how the tank looks although the way that the divider is curved does irritate me slightly, but I'll need something better than a breadknife to cut it smaller LOL
Oh, I forgot, yes RED1313 I did check out that link, but I don't live near many craft stores apparently
Anyway, it is definitely a VAST improvement from how it originally looked in late 2008...
 

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Very nice!
 
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Hey guys, well it's been a while but I thought that I would update.
About a week after I FINALLY divided the tank, Betta died, so Bruise has had the whole tank to himself for a while now, and is LOVING it! I was just planning to put up a picture but my camera phone is dead, so I'll do it within the next couple of days.

Other news: I cleaned the 7g yesterday, and forgot to plug the heater back in when I finally remembered this morning, the tank was at 19 C. Considering that inconsiderate people keep their bettas in bowls that get colder faster, Bruise should be fine right? He seems a little lethargic but he ate just fine
Anyway, I'm going away for a couple of days so I'll have to get my mum to keep an eye on him.
 

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I think your original betta died of stress..
But I still think you did the right thing with the rescue.

RIP betta!
 

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Happy you saved em!
 
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