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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
That looks to be a fairly simple setup. I'd probably go with something large, like a 75 gallon (or a 30g, 40g, or 50g breeder with an 18" front-to-back dimension) simply because by only being half-full, your fish load capacity is going to be MUCH smaller.
I definitely would shy away from the popular 12" front-to-back tanks like the 55g. You're going to need to make some "potting" areas against the back wall and with only 12" of room to play with, your fish are going to be sqeezing by between the pots and the front glass.
I'd go with a nice sized canister (Filstar XP3, for example) so I could run the inlet way down into the water and even use the outlet as a waterfall, if desired (could be turned off with a ball valve).
As for plants, even with a good amount of light, I'd try to stick with simpler plants since you're most likely not going to get a whole lot of light down into the water. Looks like that setup is mostly either sags or tenellus and some java fern throughout. Even if you did have great light and managed to fight off algae, are you considering CO2?
As for the external plants, I'd keep it simple at first. Two potted pothos and some creeping fig along the back. Be patient because it's going to take a while for the creeping fig to fill in.
That sure is an inspirational tank and if I had the room - I'd have to say than I'd be wanting to give it a try!
- Sam P -
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