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PostPosted: 2010.04.21(Wed)12:00    Post subject: DIY betta "cages"? Reply with quote

I have seen/heard of people making in-tank...containers?(my mind is going blank right now, sorry)...to keep several male bettas in one tank. Kind of like the containers that your LFS puts fish in when they net them for you, but made of some sort of mesh. They would be about 6" high x 6"-ish wide x 4 inches deep (is this too small?). These would not be permanent "living quarters", just temporary. Does anyone know how to make these or if it would be possible? I do have a general idea of what to do which I can post it if you want and if I need to be more clear just tell me.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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PostPosted: 2010.04.21(Wed)13:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Breeding net that hangs on the side. Not the best water circulation though.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.21(Wed)14:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah breeder nets come to mind as well. you'd just have to create a frame - maybe out of plastic? and find a way to attach the netting to the plastic. keep in mind the bettas seeing each other might cause a little agression/flaring and, as you said, would not be for a long period of time as it could lead to some stress.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.21(Wed)15:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wondering, why would you do this? Why not just wait to get the betta and add it directly to the tank that will be permanent?
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PostPosted: 2010.04.22(Thu)6:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caton wrote:
Just wondering, why would you do this? Why not just wait to get the betta and add it directly to the tank that will be permanent?


Right now my betta is in my community tank, I don't have my other one cycled yet, and something ate his tail. So I need him somewhere while I cycle my other tank that he won't get his tail eaten. And this isn't fin rot, I do know that it's being eaten.

Oh sorry FYI I have had him for a while.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.22(Thu)7:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

katienaha wrote:
you'd just have to create a frame - maybe out of plastic? and find a way to attach the netting to the plastic.


Yes I read that you can use cross-stitching "canvas" which is plastic and about...3/4 (?) of a millimeter thick (it has many, many holes in it) so if I can attach it to itself it will maybe be sturdy enough?

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keep in mind the bettas seeing each other might cause a little agression/flaring and, as you said, would not be for a long period of time as it could lead to some stress.


I have kept bettas in divided tanks and after the first 5 minutes they pretty much ignored each other and were peaceful, though they might have been exceptionally "friendly". Also I only have 1 betta at the moment, it's just to separate him from the other kinds of fish I have that he's been living with for the past while.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.22(Thu)9:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plenty of inventive ways to create a divider if it's temporary - easiest is probably just to get a large jar or cheap tupperware container and drill a few holes in it, use a magnet cleaner to hold it to the side of the tank. Doesn't need to look pretty if you need it right now.
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PostPosted: 2010.04.27(Tue)9:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I have come to the conclusion that he's eating his own tail. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this?
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PostPosted: 2010.05.04(Tue)10:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Learn To Fly wrote:
Well I have come to the conclusion that he's eating his own tail. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this?


That kinda sounds like fin rot to me.

If you already have a tank set up (which obviously you do) then you can use gravel, water, and perhaps some filter media from that tank to instantly cycle the new tank. I would suggest doing that and then perhaps treating for fin rot.
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PostPosted: 2010.05.04(Tue)11:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doosharm wrote:

That kinda sounds like fin rot to me. .


No, I have read about and seen pictures of bettas having eaten their tails. It isn't fin rot because really just bam! One day his tail was long and the next day half of it was gone. Fin rot just doesn't happen that fast.

The tank is finished cycling and he is now in it, his tail is growing back without any treatment at all.
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