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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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possible project!

Hey all! A little background info. Ive been in the hobby for 3-4 years and currently have a fully filled 65gallon tank with 5 Toxotes microlepis (freshwater archers) that i might be moving to the basement. However if i move them to the basement my dad said i could get a larger tank and keep around 65g of water but the rest land/plants so we can easily drop crickets in without having to worry and hopefully a bit more room for the archers to roam. so what size/dimenion tank do you think would be best for a decent vivarium/half land half water tank? i was thinking a 125 g and i could create a shelf like affect via driftwood, plastic egg crate, caulk, and so forth.... ideas?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 07:35 PM
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Do a riparium setup with mangrove trees and associated species!
  • black mangrove
  • white mangrove
  • red mangrove
  • Cryptocoryne ciliata
  • leather fern
  • Pandanus tectorius

These plants are all really cool.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 10:48 PM
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A paludarium would also work nicely - you could easily divide the tank using a piece of glass and silicon, and then build a wall out in front of it using river rock, giving you a dry terrestrial area and a wetland area. If you go that route be sure a place gravel and a drain tube beneath the terrestrial area so that if it floods you can remove the excess water.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-26-2012, 03:18 AM Thread Starter
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its a freshwater set up so i don't think the mangroves ...welp their brackish to marine plants right? and im thinking ill make a ledge protruding from the back tank and scooping upward to hold the substrate for the plants thus not limiting the amount of water available any further
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-26-2012, 05:16 AM
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Those mangrove plants will all grow fine, probably easier, in freshwater too.
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