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Meganne 11-26-2012 05:39 AM

Big Tank, what would you do?
 
I got a large hand me dowm tank. previous owner figured it to be about 88 gallons. it came with one florescant light. a duel bio wheel hang on the back filter, and air pump and under gravel system.
I can just barely reach the bottom of the tank using a step stool, so I want to keep the plantings simple. and I want to keep the lighting as is though I can up grade the bulb.
so given what I am starting with what would you do with it and what would you house it with as far as flora/fauna?
http://i813.photobucket.com/albums/z...s/IMG_1402.jpg

driftwoodhunter 11-26-2012 05:44 AM

wow - I've never seen a tank shaped like that! What are the dimensions? Is it a s tall as it looks? That might make it hard to get decent light at the substrate level...but what an exciting tank to work with - I'd love to find one like it! Ooooh...just think of the dramatic driftwood you can use ; )

Meganne 11-26-2012 06:09 AM

30x48x13, it was a custom built into a wall with all the access in the storage room behind it.
and yes, I am on the hunt for just the right piece of wood

Meganne 11-26-2012 06:11 AM

and my thinking is if it is planted to not use the under gravel, even if I were to only use gravel...thoughts?

Sake 11-26-2012 06:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Meganne (Post 2089546)
30x48x13, it was a custom built into a wall with all the access in the storage room behind it.
and yes, I am on the hunt for just the right piece of wood

That should be closer to 81 gallons I believe.

Meganne 11-26-2012 06:45 AM

I hadn't done the math, just repeating a guesstamate.
but please, any ideas for it?

Mike1239 11-26-2012 06:49 AM

It sucks that its so narrow compared to hight. I would load it up with tall skinny plants like Val's and regular hair grass

Meganne 11-26-2012 06:58 AM

that is what I was thinking Mike, and a piece of wood something like the cazy third one in this listing
http://orlando.craigslist.org/for/3329350621.html

Green_Flash 11-26-2012 06:58 AM

Wow, I would get altums.

Meganne 11-26-2012 07:08 AM

Altums would be nice. I do already have 3 Melanotaenia Rainbow fish to move in there eventually

sayurasem 11-26-2012 07:32 AM

Discus would be perfect for this

steven p 11-26-2012 07:43 AM

Fish Freaks in Omaha had a similar tank, would be awesome for jungle vals or a tall sword.

lochaber 11-26-2012 07:52 AM

A tank that tall is just asking to be a palludarium...

Although, it will be kind of hard with it being as narrow as it is. - you would have to do a pretty minimalist backdrop, maybe thinned tree fern slabs, or slate, or something similar.

Rexthecrayfish 11-26-2012 11:13 AM

i'd get a sweet big peice of driftwood and cover it in anubias and java moss. you know a nice centerpeice

HX67 11-26-2012 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lochaber (Post 2089580)
A tank that tall is just asking to be a palludarium...

Although, it will be kind of hard with it being as narrow as it is. - you would have to do a pretty minimalist backdrop, maybe thinned tree fern slabs, or slate, or something similar.

I agree on the potential for a paludarium.
The narrow width doesn't allow much earth or other hardscape above waterline, though.

But, my vision:
-black back
-filled in halfway with water (brackish)
-mangrove-like roots connecting the above with the below
-branches and perhaps some live vineing plant on top as a nice foliage canvas
-archer fish, some of the smaller species
-pointy light(s) to give a nice glimmer

Less is more.


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