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post #16 of 46 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking of using the same style rocks (as my buddy has a huge pile in his yard) but get bigger ones. There are some I could get that would only require 2-3 per level stack. I think that might make them a little more stable. If not then I'll just pick up one of the generic floating docks till I can figure out a pleasing way to put land in the tank.

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I'm thinking of using the same style rocks (as my buddy has a huge pile in his yard) but get bigger ones. There are some I could get that would only require 2-3 per level stack. I think that might make them a little more stable. If not then I'll just pick up one of the generic floating docks till I can figure out a pleasing way to put land in the tank.
Just be careful with the rocks and the bottom of the tank. I did something similar to this with a rubbermaid tub to house a turtle for a couple of days until my buddy got him. If you do like you say with the rocks, it should be stable. If you can find some flat rocks, that would be best.

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I have to admit i didn't read all through the thread. You could take the rocks out and silicone them together then put the pile back into the tank once fully cured.
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Just be careful with the rocks and the bottom of the tank. I did something similar to this with a rubbermaid tub to house a turtle for a couple of days until my buddy got him. If you do like you say with the rocks, it should be stable. If you can find some flat rocks, that would be best.
I'll have to see what I can find in the way of flat rocks.

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I have to admit i didn't read all through the thread. You could take the rocks out and silicone them together then put the pile back into the tank once fully cured.
I actually thought that originally. I was planning to not only silicone them together but to the tank walls as well. The only thing I don't like about that is if I decide to redesign the tank I'll have to cut it all out and that could prove to be a pain.
I'm honestly trying to figure a way to just put a small land area that I could grow non aquatic plants in as well. Not looking for much, just maybe a 10"x12" area. I'd like to try and not drain the whole tank and empty, as I did that a few times on my 125g, but then again it's not nearly as heavy.

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Still figuring out the land area, should hopefully have that changed later this week. Anyway I changed the return piping a little, along with some paint. Planted some plants, thanks gordon. Anyway on with the pics. Ignore the nasty glass. I forgot to clean it before I took pictures.











He's still shy


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Very well setup, should make for a very happy turtle.
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whoops sorry didn't know this had page 2. sorry!

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Very well setup, should make for a very happy turtle.
Thank you, I think I'm going to order another turtle after the first to give her a friend

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Cool turtle tank! I bet he is real happy in there with all that room to roam! I would def. get another one, you have plenty of space and who knows you could get some babies
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Hey I can't remember did you get riparium plants from me? And are they doing alright? I can't remember if it was riparium plants or just some crypts that I sent in that one box(??).
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Cool turtle tank! I bet he is real happy in there with all that room to roam! I would def. get another one, you have plenty of space and who knows you could get some babies
Oh yeah, she's getting a friend, just havent decided what kind of turtle I want to order.

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Hey I can't remember did you get riparium plants from me? And are they doing alright? I can't remember if it was riparium plants or just some crypts that I sent in that one box(??).
Yeah I did, here's an update.

Heres the aluminum plant, roots are growing good, and the turtle leaves the trelis raft alone


This plant came to me all brown and dead looking but after planting this little guy just started over, Interested to see how it comes along.


Cant remember what this plant is but it's doing great, nice color, new little shoots.


The peace lily is struggling, half of it died, the other half is yellowish and kind of limp but I'm trying




On of my favorite plants in this tank

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Looks good man.

The plant you are not sure on could be Hygrophila polysperma. But I am not 100% on that one. Looks like it though.

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That's looking good so far.

For best results you can hang those riparium planters righ next to each other. That way the foliage will hide the planters + rafts as it grows in. I also recommend filling those planters up to the top with gravel.

Peace lily always looks sad after transplanting, but it's a very tough plant. So long as the base is white and firm it should come around and start to grow.

That one plant "nice color, new little shoots." is a Ruellia. When that one grows up a bit taller you can cut off the top to encourage more branching. Otherwise ti will just keep growing up and up.

The one "brown and dead looking" might be a leather fern. Those usually melt back after shipping, but they are also real tough plants and easy to grow. Just give it time and it will grow up.
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Looks good man.

The plant you are not sure on could be Hygrophila polysperma. But I am not 100% on that one. Looks like it though.
Thanks man.

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That's looking good so far.

For best results you can hang those riparium planters righ next to each other. That way the foliage will hide the planters + rafts as it grows in. I also recommend filling those planters up to the top with gravel.

Peace lily always looks sad after transplanting, but it's a very tough plant. So long as the base is white and firm it should come around and start to grow.

That one plant "nice color, new little shoots." is a Ruellia. When that one grows up a bit taller you can cut off the top to encourage more branching. Otherwise ti will just keep growing up and up.

The one "brown and dead looking" might be a leather fern. Those usually melt back after shipping, but they are also real tough plants and easy to grow. Just give it time and it will grow up.
Thank you. I plan to order a few more planters to fill in the back more.
Thanks for the insight in the plants, I will try cutting back on the ruellia when it gets a little taller. The spider lily will get planted soon, and I will top off the planters with more gravel tonight when I get home.

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The tank looks great and hopefully the turtle will allow you to keep it this way as it gets bigger.

Mine enjoys destroying anything that's put in the tank or on it's beach. It spends all day digging so it can see its reflection in the bottom glass. Plants and tank mates were all eaten and anything that is not securely attached is ripped off. Even the small gravel I siliconed down for the beach was torn off. I'm hoping this is just a phase...
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