HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TANK DIVIDER
- A tank divider saves you from having to set up a separate tank (i.e. for breeding purposes or as a hospital tank).
- Tank dividers allow water to pass through so you do not have to install an additional tank heater or filtration system.
- A tank divider gives you a simple way to separate aggressive fish from the other fish in your tank without buying a new tank or getting rid of the aggressive fish.
- Water flow through a tank divider may not be consistent – the water quality on one side of the divider might be better due to proximity to the filter.
- Water temperature may also vary on either side of a tank divider due to proximity to the heater.
- Tank dividers break up the tank and it may detract from the aesthetic appearance of your tank.
- Installing a tank divider may not be enough to dissuade aggressive behavior, especially if the aggressive fish can see through the divider.
- Plastic embroidery canvas
- Slide-on plastic binder bars
- Measuring tape
- Use the measuring tape to measure the width of your aquarium from the inside edge of the back wall to the inside edge of the front wall.
- Cut a sheet of plastic embroidery canvas to the width measured in Step 1. You may find it helpful to trace a line down the length of the plastic embroidery canvas to ensure a straight cut.
- Measure the height of your aquarium from the base to about 1 inch from the rim. Cut the sheet of plastic embroidery canvas to this height.
- Trim two slide-on plastic binder bars to the width of the plastic embroidery canvas and two more to the height of the canvas. Slide the bars onto the corresponding edges.
- Scoop out the bottom of your tank where you intend to install the tank divider, creating a trench in the gravel to expose the bottom of the tank.
- Slide the tank divider vertically into the tank between the front and back walls, placing the bottom edge inside the trench you just dug. The divider should be snug against the tank walls on either side and it should sit flat on the bottom of the tank.
- Check the height of the divider against the water level in your tank – the divider should be taller than the water level to ensure that fish cannot swim from one side of the tank to the other.
- Fill in the substrate on either side of the tank divider to hold it in place. Use a mesh net to capture the fish and release them in the appropriate side of the tank.
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