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06-03-2013 01:38 AM
EntoCraig Awesome Tank! I love tanks specifically inspired by natural biotopes. Looking forward to more pics/videos with fish.
06-03-2013 01:13 AM
calebkraft Yup, it is still going strong.

You can see a bunch of pictures and a video

I've figured out a few things that don't work, and a few things that do, but it is all still just a big experiment.
04-30-2013 10:16 PM
Bercey Any updates on this tank?
04-15-2013 05:08 PM
calebkraft oh, the process.

The area I chose for rock/mud collection is on some private property of friends of ours. This section of the river keeps changing (moves several feet a year). I manually picked up the big rocks, making sure to move around a lot so as not to just destroy one spot. The mud/gravel was about 3 shovel fulls.

For fish/bugs I will manually be wading with a net in my hand. Optimal for catching things like darters would be seining, but I just enjoy wading around and grabbing things. I may also take a large jar to pick up some mud/plant matter for new invertebrate life.

The idea of putting on a mask and just floating down the river looking for cool stuff is so pleasant. Like the best fish store ever.
04-15-2013 03:00 PM
scapegoat I never said I cared whether or not it was legally done... more interested in how it was done, and how you chose a site.

I've been thinking of getting a fishing license so I could legally catch "bait". but was wonder how the best, for the fish, the environment, and for us, way to do so would be.
04-14-2013 06:08 PM
calebkraft Thanks! Yeah, that lure came in with one of the shovel fulls of mud and gravel. The hook was already gone. I thought it made the whole thing just a bit more authentic.

I'd ideally like MUCH MORE GREEN, but I tend to go a little overboard (for those of you who have seen my other tanks).

I can't wait to really get this thing teaming with life! Still trying to find some pretty small fish to go in it. Someone suggested the dollar sunfish which looks ok, but I can't have a 6 inch long fish in there. Maybe 4 inches tops.

I'm still going to try some darters, but as others have said, I may have a jumping issue. I may just have to go with some small minows or something.

well, and a madtom or two. Definitely a madtom or two.
04-14-2013 05:32 PM
Bruce_S Good-lookin' setup!

I like the humorous touch of the fishing lure tangled in the overhead branches, LOL!

04-14-2013 04:52 PM
New tank! Native fish biotope (hopefully)

Nice video. It's looking awesome
04-14-2013 03:06 PM
calebkraft Made a quick video of the tank
04-13-2013 04:23 PM
calebkraft As for collection, so far I only have rocks and plants. (the crawdads kept escaping, so they're back in the wild). So no legal issue there.

As far as any fish that I may end up with, well... I have a fishing license.

Or maybe I wont catch my darters live, maybe I'll buy them online... yeah, that's the ticket.

Honestly though, in this area things are very lenient. I'm not setting up some massive display somewhere like bass pro. I've got maybe 30 gallons of water and I may end up with less than 10 fish.

If I don't like the all local, all natural look, I think jungle val would look so pretty in this long tank with a current.
04-13-2013 04:38 AM
New tank! Native fish biotope (hopefully)

Really cool so far I look forward to the progression
04-13-2013 04:23 AM
Originally Posted by rowdaddy View Post
First, he filled out all the necessary paper work for collecting from his local DNR, etc.

Then, he caughtz dem.

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria
Hahaha. Exactly. And never say otherwise.

I paid $5k for my local permits...; live capture permit, live transport permit, native species exhibition permit, aquaculture permit, and fees for a government inspection of my "aquaculture facilities". The netting is the easy part

Hope your state is a bit more lenient
04-12-2013 03:24 PM
Re: New tank! Native fish biotope (hopefully)

Originally Posted by scapegoat View Post

how did you go about collecting everything?
First, he filled out all the necessary paper work for collecting from his local DNR, etc.

Then, he caughtz dem.

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria
04-12-2013 03:23 PM

I have either a rainbow or greenside darter I picked up from an LFS (PetSmiths, no longer open) and it does VERY well in my 44 gallon corner tank (covered). It's got a power head with a fair amount of current, rocks but he really likes to climb around in the Brazilian Pennywort I have at the top of the tank (wrapped around a sycamore branch) because he has figured out that is where much of the food ends up. Really fun guy to watch and attractive as well. Only about 2 and 1/2 inches at the moment.
04-12-2013 03:01 PM
Originally Posted by calebkraft View Post
I would prefer a stand that supports the tank fully. I plan to build one at some point in the near future. Most likely the day after this fails completely and ruins my floors.

That being said, the glass is nearly a half inch thick. The tiny overhang should be fine.

I wasn't excited about fish till I got it all together and the water cleared up. Now I would love to have bluegill or something but they get too big.

I'll check out those orange spotted and dollar sunfish.

I also need to remove the water lettuce, it isn't native to here. I'll pull it out when I find some local floaters to replace it.
you're right that it will probably be fine, but you do have a lot of weight in there. I'd have rather seen some patience and a proper stand first but i'll let it slide for now

how did you go about collecting everything?
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