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DIY Betta Boxes

Post by sjones_1 on Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:47 pm

Hi All,

I made this the other day to separate the growing number of male Betta Fry I am growing up.

These betta cages were made from cross stitch mesh. I got mine from Hobby Craft. Each part is held together by zip-ties.


When cutting the mesh I made sure I left a large over hang which will late act as a locking mechanism when putting pieces together.


Once I'd cut all the pieces out all that was left was to try and assemble them. One bottom, two sides, two ends and 5 dividers. It's not that easy to begin with but once you get the hang of it it's easy.


The finished product suspended in the tank. It doesn't float so one end is held to the tank side by a divider clip and the other end now rests on a plant pot to ensure it doesn't stick.


I was left with some pieces of mesh that were the exact width as the cage and so I am currently using them to divide each section into two. This gives me a lot more individual cages to fit more fry in. The great thing about this type of betta box is that it is in the main tank and so each betta doesn't require individual cleaning out, you just clean the main tank.

Hope you found this useful,

Sam
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Post by myfishforsale on Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:13 pm

Very nice design, it looks like it does the job it's supposed to very nice.
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Post by sjones_1 on Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:09 am

It occurred to me tonight that this design could very easily be modified to act as breeder boxes for livebearers. The fry would fit perfectly through this size mesh and the flow in and out would be much better than "traditional" plastic boxes you can buy.

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Post by ladygoodwrench on Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:45 am

A breeder box was exactly what I was thinking of, too!!!
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Post by Alasse on Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:27 am

I have these i made as breeder boxes, they work great
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Post by Star on Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:19 pm

Brilliant Smile

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Post by Chii on Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:07 pm

absolute genius! Will keep this in mind (if I ever manage to breed)
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Post by Star on Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:12 pm

Chii wrote:absolute genius! Will keep this in mind (if I ever manage to breed)


ooooooooohhhhhh something your not telling us Chii Wink

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Post by ladygoodwrench on Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:19 pm

I got burned out on breeding with platys... would love to see what my lady and gent can do.. but babies are a lot of work and stress..
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Post by Chii on Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:30 pm

Star wrote:
Chii wrote:absolute genius! Will keep this in mind (if I ever manage to breed)


ooooooooohhhhhh something your not telling us Chii Wink

Haha, no! no secrets Star, just something I'd like to do eventually Smile
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