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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-07-2015, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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False waterfall?

Let me try to explain what I want to do. I have a 40 breeder. I plan to have part of the back filled with Riparium plants. This tank has a pair of macrostomas, and then a lone male of a differing origin. The lone male is right now housed in something I built with craft canvas. The fish in this is a very personable guy. What I want to do is build a higher section for him. I would like to be able to see him in here. I want to have some of the planters around part of it. I want it to be kinda like a waterfall, but will of course hold him in here without him going through the bottom. I figured you guys could help me design something that I can move about in the tank, for scape changes.

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So I am trying to visulize. Could you just pump the water into another tank above you current one and have that one overflow into the lower tank.

Well that's just like.........your opinion man.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-11-2015, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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In theory yes. However I have to have it covered since the fish are very strong accurate jumpers.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-26-2015, 05:17 AM
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Hi Marjerah, my tactic is to create a kind of "Wardian case" topper of a light weight plexiglass. As you know from another site I am creating a 75 gallon plaudarium now, and I am going through the same growing pains. You know, you think then figure it will or wont work, etc. Since I am incorporating orchids, and want to fill about 50 gallons of water I have dumped the waterfall concept and gone with "tree roots" as in a swamp with the tangled roots. This will give me lots of trickle areas. I also am going with a underwater pond pump inside a bucket or case which I will incorporate into the roots which will be my filter. (I will make the rock of fiberglass). One really great filter concept was to build a wall separator which would shrink your tank some, and use that as the filter. Built into the tank. That is also an option, and it could have a sponge draw.

By the way, looking for plants local to macrostoma, I found an orchid that grows in Baruni, Oberonia rosea. It is probably as indangered in its native habitat as our friend the macrostoma.
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