I got my land/water divider from Canus plastics a couple days ago, and it's getting to be close until I can move my firebellied toad and newt in. What I have so far:
75 gallon Oceanic aquarium
Fluval 304 canister
DIY yeast CO2 (3x2L bottles, may go for 6x2L bottles)
Hagen CO2 ladder
50W submersible heater
4x32W T8 6500K
10" deep pool of water 48" long.
The shoplights will be suspended over it at about 14" above the water's surface.
The water will be something like 2(12"x18"widex10"deep) + (24"x9"widex10"deep) after the C-shaped divider box adheres to the back wall in the exact middle rear.(24"x9"widex10"deep). This gives me a nominal value of 28 gallons.
Here is a drawing:
Because the water is going to be much lower than what I have the fluval outputting at right now, anyone have any ideas how to get it to be lower? I could put the canister on a stand so it is higher and thus a longer output tube, but how is the suction when all parts aren't completely covered by water?
What can I use to attach the plexiglass divider to the glass to ensure proper adhesion? Any tips?
Should I put the hagen CO2 ladder on the left where the intake is, or on the right where the output of the filter is? It would get dispersed more quickly on the right, but it would also be exchanged by the surface disruption.
What kind of lighting will I have? The light isn't refracted by the water going down, but it will be spread out over a larger area. I'm going to say medium lighting as a rough estimate.
Substrate: Still haven't decided. May break the bank and go for fluorite, eco-complete, one of those...anyone have any preferences? I use neutral gravel in my planted tank as it is, and I couldn't complain one bit. I pulled out a plant 1 metre long a couple days ago...
I also have a 14 gallon planted whose plants and inhabitants are going in the water area. It includes:
2 WC A. agassizzi (1m/1f)
7 T. heteromorpha (rasboras)
3 C. chuna (dwarf fire gouramis)
Cryptocoryne wendtii x willisii, wendtii 'tropica', unknown cryptocoryne
Unknown cabomba type
I don't have any worries for the plants...they grow like weeds where they are now...except the swords. They were the ones I was worried about most outgrowing everything, but apart from staying a brilliant, healthy green, they haven't grown much/at all vertically...just some new leaf sprouts. I have had all these plants for 4 months or so. As for new plants, I would need some that would not grow very tall (read 10" and below) or plants that can easily be trimmed...anyone have any ideas or cuttings that I could purchase later?
As for the terrestrial plants, I haven't decided. What soil is best for amphibians, or does it matter? Inside the divider, there will be a layer of 2.5 cm diameter rocks, a fine mesh screen, charcoal, and then the soil layer. Because of height limitations, I can't have the plants grow to be taller than a foot. What are some small, amphibian friendly plants? Anything like a dwarf fern? Could I have a venus fly trap? I am aware I would have to feed them separately.
What about the compatibility with my toad and newt with these fish? The apistos, apart from an incident during the early stages of the 14 gallon that resulted in a gourami feeler being ripped off, they have all cohabited fine. The gouramis even share the same territories as the apistos and they don't mind.
I was thinking of adding a few plants and fish once things have settled down. Probably something like:
2 german rams
Sorry for the long post. Hope it's all clear.