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Re: Tank dividers & questions
> I've used the plastic strips they use for holding A4 paper together and
> plastic they sell for picture frames.
This isn't the same as the fairly rigid plastic used to hold soft plastic
covers together in those arrangements for term papers? George Meravi used
those term paper plastic holders, siliconed onto the tank sides, quite
effectively with cross stitch plastic cut to size. The cross stitch inserts
remove pretty easily to clean or adjust the tank space. After a while the
holders look ugly as sin.
One of the most impressive uses of that cross stitch plastic was with a 15
gallon long Ed Grazda used where he had criss-crossed the plastic going both
ways in a tank to set up a whole bunch of spaces - sort of in the shape of
small (pint?) milk cartons for Bettas. He dropped a Java fern in each one
and had a small powerhead at one end of the tank with a sponge over it. The
outlet for the power head was piped to the other end of the tank. It seemed
to serve the Bettas well - although it wasn't in service some years later.
A worry I would have about keeping different species of killies divided by
permeable plastic (or in a centrally filtered system), is there a danger of
killies crossing? We've told stories before of a male killie (a biv comes to
mind) doing his little dance, a female happening by moments later,
depositing an egg which was drawn out of the tank by the observant and
curious killienut (someone obviously with too much time - do I envy them!)
which proved to be fertile. Is there a danger of sperm being drawn by
currents to eggs in other areas? Or might there be the danger of a scaled
down version of the situation where cichlid people spawn eatin' sized fish
through plastic "eggcrate"? The killies - maybe lonely odd numbers - would
snuggle up to each other on opposite sides of the plastic.
A way around that of course is to keep either the same species in a
segmented tank or to keep very different fish in that set up. Is it worth
All the best!
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