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  1. #1

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    So, I have one tank that I am currently building, My In Wall 55 Gallon, Journal HERE.

    I have a second 55 Gallon tank for which I will build a stand, etc, that I haven't even started yet, Journal HERE

    Yesterday someone at work gave me a FREE 20L and of course I immediately started thinking about a Multi-Betta tank design. I acquired a Male Half Moon a few months ago, and I want more. He is simply beautiful and FULL of personality. So, this morning, I got a project done early so I spent an hour drafting the design in my head.

    FRONT View. Four sections with black acrylic barriers so they can't see each other, and black backgrounds, so I can see them better. Notice the slots in the bottom, this will be the primary draw from their living quarters. A "Bottom Overflow" to suck out detritus, etc. with notched top overflow just in case water gets that high.

    Multi-Betta Design Front View.JPG

    SIDE View. Water will enter at bottom and be mechanically filtered by floss in Chamber A, Biologically filtered in Chamber B, and Heated in Chamber C

    Multi-Betta Design Side View.JPG

    Rear View. The Rear of the tank is Chamber C where water will be heated and then overflow into the last chamber (also labeled C) with the Pump to return water to the tank. While not drawn, I plan to run a black tube across the top of the front of the tank just below the water line and spray water down into the chambers thus creating a flow from front to back to assist in Detritus removal while not creating a lot of water flow since the Bettas like minimal water movement. I will also add an overflow to the back of the tank near the top of that pump section. My intention is to provide a drip system that will provide 4-5 gallons of fresh water every day without the need for major vacuuming or water changes since my Betta hates when I do water changes.

    Multi-Betta Design Rear View.JPG

    So. Each Betta will have approximately 4 Gallons of water Volume in which to live. My current Betta has about 4.5 Gallons in his tank, so this will be slightly smaller, but still adequate. I think. And I will have a self contained tank and filtration system which will require weekly floss changes, but hopefully, not much of anything else!

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    In servicing the back, I like things simple. Personally I would combine A&B so that I could vacuum that area if need be. The water would flow over, instead of under, into chamber C with the heater. I would then use 2 HMF filter pads for both mechanical and biological filtration in A & B. The first would be a coarse pad a waffle cut 10 ppi. The second pad would be finer and be 30-45 ppi ( http://www.swisstropicals.com/filtra...ret-foam-shop/ ) Basically, I would be able to pull the whole pad out and service versus pulling out individual bags/pieces. The tank could sit closer to the wall without you having to pull it out and servicing the back.


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    Also the foam could/would be the home for BB and theoretically you would be making a modified HMF filter, love the design
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    In servicing the back, I like things simple...
    Couldn't agree more!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    ... Personally I would combine A&B so that I could vacuum that area if need be. The water would flow over, instead of under, into chamber C with the heater. I would then use 2 HMF filter pads for both mechanical and biological filtration in A & B. The first would be a coarse pad a waffle cut 10 ppi. The second pad would be finer and be 30-45 ppi ( http://www.swisstropicals.com/filtra...ret-foam-shop/ )...
    I thought about the vacuuming... I figured if it needed vacuuming I could do so with a 3/4 inch tube. (I should have enough 3/4 PVC left from my current build to cut a piece about 15" long which I could then attach to a tube, which would give me a nice probe to get down to the bottom of those narrow channels of need be.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    Basically, I would be able to pull the whole pad out and service versus pulling out individual bags/pieces. The tank could sit closer to the wall without you having to pull it out and servicing the back.

    http://www.swisstropicals.com/wp_sit...ret-sheets.jpg
    I haven't given it much "design thought" but I will probably build some sort of a "basket" which can be stuffed with batting and slid down into the chamber and another into which I can put media. I don't expect to have to remove that very often, as I currently use a batting "floss" before my sponge filters in my canister, and I rarely see much detritus get into the foam anymore. I have found it much simpler to remove and toss batting vs. removing and rinsing sponges. That said, I'll do a few "proofs of concept" mock ups before I commit and figure out what will work best... Sliding a single piece of foam in an out would certainly be easy, and that site you linked has the foam necessary for reasonable prices.

    More things to ponder...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boundava View Post
    Also the foam could/would be the home for BB and theoretically you would be making a modified HMF filter, love the design
    Very true... and Thanks!

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