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It isn't easy to get two side-by-side tanks to follow exactly the same plant growth pattern! I had to move some of the floating plants from one side to the other, to keep them about the same. Other than that the two halves look like they are almost doing the same.

Belatedly, it has become obvious that I can't put a Beta fish in each half - they would just jump over the divider and try to kill each other. So, I will look for an alternative fish.
 

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From what I have read, Bettas won't charge through floating plants to try to jump over the divider. I have lots of those, and I should be able to concentrate them along the divider. Does this really work???
 

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Belatedly, it has become obvious that I can't put a Beta fish in each half - they would just jump over the divider and try to kill each other. So, I will look for an alternative fish.
I once used reticulated foam as the divider between two bettas. Worked fine, as the foam extended above the waterline and was cut to a tight fit.

Edit: NVM, I realised your goal was to have independent water...
 

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From what I have read, Bettas won't charge through floating plants to try to jump over the divider. I have lots of those, and I should be able to concentrate them along the divider. Does this really work???
I think a lot would depend on the strain of betta that you select. Plakat bettas with their normal short fins would be better jumpers. But the exaggerated long/double/split fin types seem to have trouble just swimming normally, much less jumping over a divider.

Please don't hate me, betta breeders. Your fish are beautiful.
 

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I think a lot would depend on the strain of betta that you select. Plakat bettas with their normal short fins would be better jumpers. But the exaggerated long/double/split fin types seem to have trouble just swimming normally, much less jumping over a divider.

Please don't hate me, betta breeders. Your fish are beautiful.
I'm planning to get the long fin, garishly colored, sold in a cup of water, bettas. My favorite fish store has a lot of them, and, unlike what I see in PetSmart and Petco, they all look healthy. It has been many years since I have had one, so it's a new adventure for me. I agree that it doesn't look like they could jump very well, but what I read on various sites is that they are jumpers. Right now my floating plants almost cover the whole water surface, so I'm hoping that will discourage jumping across the divider.

So far I don't see any significant difference in how the plants are doing in the two compartments.
 

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UPDATE: This has not been a successful experiment. I am finding it very hard to get the tank halfs to do at all well. First, I had a lot of trouble getting good plants in good shape, and I let algae get a head start on the plants. When I finally got enough plants I had problems keeping both to stop re-growing algae. I am finding it much harder to keep such tiny tanks free of algae than a large aquarium is. Now, it looks like we will soon be moving again, so I am more concerned with shutting this down than in continuing to try to get them doing well.

I hate to admit this to myself, but my age is interfering too. There is so much to remember in order to succeed at this hobby, and my memory just isn't what it used to be.
 

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Sorry to hear it didn't work out after all :( I hope after you settle in in your new place you start something else that goes great! as for the memory you're not the only one ;)

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