Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Lawerenceville, Ga In a Van down by the river.
I say two options. Either get plants that they don't eat. My plecos didn't eat swords, crypts, vals and/or Java fern and java moss. That is not to say that they don't, but I guess if you keep them well fed (I used sinking algae wafers, zucchinni, romaine lettuce, etc) they won't eat healthy plants. I have seen one crunch up a dying leaf though.
Second Option. I saw a really cool design with utilizing two acrylic plates and a tube between the two. I am not sure if a 75 gal (4ft right?) would be long enough but was on a 6 ft 24 inch high tank at a LFS. Basically it looked like two divider plates. There was a tube interconnecting the two. The guy had three or so amazon swords, really big ones in the middle. He had Discus on one side and angels on the other. Cork kinda covered the acrylic interconnecting tube and you could almost not tell them apart. He had a sliding hinge. That one side could turn into a nursery or even the middle part could. The plates were about 4 inches apart. He had a HOB filter on every section With a power head in both Main sides but left the middle 4 inch section with very little flow and no filter. Looked like maybe a sponge filter on the back but that may have been a bubble decoration. What was really intresting is that the chemistry stayed the same across the tank but it looked diverse as heck as he had differnt color substrates throughout the tank. Looked like colored gravel (Dark on one side, light on the other, Just sand in the middle) and mixed with either flourite or laterite (the red stuff). The trap slide could be shut and you have three different tanks with this setup.
Bunches of tanks.
Reef, Planted, vivarium, terriarium, salt.
I worked my self up from nothing to a state of extreme poverity