Crazy story, my neighbor is moving out. He tossed out a 10 gallon and I asked about it. A few minutes later, I had a poor turtle in a 10 gallon as well as this 66"x 13"x12" custom tank for FREE.
well, after some research this long tank isn't deep or wide enough for the turtle so it looks like I get to have some fun!
My goal here is to create a stream environment with a natural filter.
Here's my idea.
I have a dirt/sand substrait. A power head pushes water from one end to another where it is forced through rocks, then gravel, then maybe a big sponge before being picked up and taken back to the powerhead.
So I'm curious about how best to do my sub strait and filter.
I am working on a similardesign as well and I think your design looks like it will provide nice filtration
I do think that you should put 2-3 or so stacked boxes in the "filter area", pretty much like a canister filter. The lower box could have bioballs for easy waterflow, and the top box gravel to plant in. The sponge to the far right is great to catch particales trying to get into your pump. You would need some kind of grid in the bottom of the top box, but this way its easy to pick them up and clean if they clog.
If you manage to get a good enough flow your emersed plants are gonna have a blast!
It is amazing how awesome looking some of those darters are. I have caught a few rainbow darters seining on the river in my day. And a madtom would fill that small cat void, make a great bait for smallmouth too! Would be sweet to see some bugs in there to and watch them develop into adults. Ill be watching to see what happens with this tank. I have always wanted to create a stream environment!
I may try to catch your fish if they are big enough First PT- 55G