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    Cheap DIY Tank Dividers

    Hi Guys,

    I sometimes see on the forum, questions about or help to find tank dividers, which usually means egg creates or similar. I thought I would post my DIY option which is cheap, removable and also keeps your fry separated within your tank.





    I use 5mm “Corflute” which is a hollow plastic sheet, fly screen (fiberglass not aluminum) and some fish tank friendly silicone. (Bunnings or similar has all this in stock) It cost about $25 to make 6 dividers for my four foot tanks and took about 1.5hrs.

    The construction is as follows:



    Mark out your corflute. Make sure you allow 1 or 2 mm wider than your tank, so when you insert it flexes and therefore remains in position. The size of the fly screen cut outs is up to you, I allowed about 50mm around the outside which gives a large open area for water flow.



    Cut out all your pieces using a Stanley knife. I did it on a piece of cardboard in the garage so the concrete floor does not blunt your knife.
    Using the waste from the inserts you will need to cut out strips, maybe 30mm wide. These strips are used to neatly hold the fly screen in place.
    Cut out your fly screen wider than your cutouts. 30mm larger on each side is a good amount.



    Silicone it all together.
    1. Lay a bead of silicon around your cutout
    2. Place the fly screen over the cutout out
    3. Place 30mm strips around your cutout to hold the fly screen in place.
    I used Selleys Glass Silicone Sealant which is fish tank friendly. Make sure you cure it for the recommended time before you place it in your tank.



    Finished item in the tank. I hope this give you another option for dividing your tank.
    Good Luck
    Last edited by DanG; 30-05-2013 at 10:43 PM.

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    Good bit of effort there. Will keep it in mind for next time. Thanks for shareing

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    where do u get corflute from?
    lookin to buy a black paradise gourami.

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    I grab the Corflute fromm Bunnings. It is in the timber section, usually next to the ply wood or MDF. There is 3 and 5mm. I would get the 5mm as it will be a little stronger.

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    top write up, will be heaps cheaper that eggcate.
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    “Corflute” which is a hollow plastic sheet, fly screen (fiberglass not aluminum) and some fish tank friendly silicone. (Bunnings or similar has all this in stock)

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    derpy me. i swore i checked twice for where abouts, i blame the time. :P
    lookin to buy a black paradise gourami.

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    The corflute is in the timber section. Usually on the horizontal shelves under the pine moulding or next to the mdf.
    Just ask one if the staff. They should know what your after.

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    thanks, ive been sorta lookin for a cheaper flow thru divider instead of poret foam.


    edit: went to mitre 10, went to the area that it should be and saw "flute board" is that the same as corflute?
    Last edited by chazycraig; 31-05-2013 at 11:13 PM.
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    great idea.... if anyone needs corflute just ask me................ can get free of charge (just old templates from benchtops) but is still new and clean

    mike

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    great idea. Nice one.
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    Just an additional enquiry on this matter - what do you use to hold or fix it in place? Suction caps seems to not work for me. My big fish just push my eggrate divider around. Tried putting slates to hold them, but still they find a way to scape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by litigator666 View Post
    Just an additional enquiry on this matter - what do you use to hold or fix it in place? Suction caps seems to not work for me. My big fish just push my eggrate divider around. Tried putting slates to hold them, but still they find a way to scape.
    this is not my post but will answer your question how to hold it in place...

    1st measure the inside width your tank.. an example 400w

    2nd cut your corflute 3mm wider.. an example 403mm

    3rd place it in your tank and because its wider it should bend slightly and wedge itself into place securely

    unless your fry are wearing crash helmets to break on through

    mike

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    Back in the day, this was commonly used.
    The main source of materials was real estate for sale signs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by litigator666 View Post
    Just an additional enquiry on this matter - what do you use to hold or fix it in place? Suction caps seems to not work for me. My big fish just push my eggrate divider around. Tried putting slates to hold them, but still they find a way to scape.
    Easy fix, sell me your big fishes :-)
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    Hi Guys
    I used similar dividers years ago and used small plastic angles either side to
    hold them Put the first close to bottom and 2nd ones up about a third
    so you can still bend them to get them out
    Hope this helps
    Cheers Butch
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