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Betty
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Join date: 2010-07-05
Age: 54
Location: McKenna

PostSubject: Tank dividers -- cheap   Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:06 pm

This isn't my original idea, but it's one that I've been using for years. A cheap tank divider for 10 gallon and 20 long.

I use plastic canvas from the craft/fabric store or you can find it in limited sizes at Walmart as well. They come in a variety of colors, sizes of the canvas sheets, and size of the holes.

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I also use report cover bindings that you can get in any office supply section or store.

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Measure the inside of the tank carefully and cut the canvas to fit. Then slide the bindings on and that gives it a bit of rigidity to hold upright and in place. It's important to have a good, tight fit or it will fall over easily or tiny fry will be able to get around it. I've also seen people use suction cups to help hold them in place, but I've had good luck with them without having to add anything else.

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This works well for smaller fish and tanks. For bigger tanks and fish, I think light diffuser (eggcrate) would work well. Has anyone made a divider out of it? I've thought about attaching the plastic canvas to eggcrate to keep small fish from going through the large openings as another possibility to divide a tank.

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alexmuw
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Join date: 2010-04-17

PostSubject: Re: Tank dividers -- cheap   Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:44 pm

The plastic canvas works great for smaller tanks (20 gal and below) or for smaller fish (fry etc...).

I have a plastic canvas divider for my 20 gallon fry tank, but I've used plastic eggcrate for larger tanks/fish. Both work well, but serve different purposes.
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momsfishn
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Join date: 2010-07-11
Age: 74
Location: Tacoma

PostSubject: Re: Tank dividers -- cheap   Mon Aug 30, 2010 2:47 pm

what a great idea! cheers
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dkpate
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Join date: 2010-08-23
Age: 32
Location: Issaquah

PostSubject: Re: Tank dividers -- cheap   Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:02 pm

I've got a divider and the mesh in my betta tanks, so they can't see eachother at all. Gotta love the DIY!
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cichlidlovers98513
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Join date: 2010-12-24
Age: 30
Location: Lacey Wa

PostSubject: Re: Tank dividers -- cheap   Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:03 pm

What a great idea..
I wish I knew that earlier..
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finsandfeathers
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Join date: 2010-11-02
Location: Mid Valley Oregon

PostSubject: Re: Tank dividers -- cheap   Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:11 pm

Use a egg crate divider for the 75g when catchung/attempting to thin down the population in there. Some of them Labeo's become almost mission impossible to catch!!

The plastic canvas style are a great way to go on a budget.
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