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postskunk 02-27-2013 03:48 AM

my 40B alligator Snapper riparium
 
Hey guys, I've been digging around on here for a few days to get ideas for another project I'm getting ready to start, but I thought in the mean time I'd start a thread for the 40b I've been fooling around with for my juvie alligator snapper.

don't worry I know he'll need an upgrade in about a year and a half, but I had the tank and all the hardscape supplies sitting in my garage collecting dust.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...alterstank.jpg

I only want to keep about a 3rd of it submerged. all the wood is anchored in a few places per peace and he's too small to push it free at this point, but I'm still gonna have to figure out a more permanent solution.

I'm gonna stick to java fern/ moss for the submerged plants cause I know he's gonna start chowing down on anything else I try to put in. I do want to try some floating stuff though and maybe some duckweed too? also I might try hide some pots behind the drift wood and see if I can plant something stalky too?

That's it for tonight. I'll post more photos as it come's along a little more.

thanks for checking it out
-Matt

Cardoc 02-27-2013 04:06 AM

Where did you get an alligator snapper? I am sure they are a threatened species, and not sure if they are legal to keep as a pet. The tank looks good on the other hand.
http://animals.nationalgeographic.co...apping-turtle/

postskunk 02-27-2013 04:20 AM

I know they where classified as threatened a few years ago and might still be, but they're not illegal, at least not in states outside their native territory. Many people regularly and indiscreetly sell them on kingsnake and fauna.

Cardoc 02-27-2013 04:37 AM

Cool I just don't want you getting in trouble for keeping one, I live in missouri and I know you can't even look at one funny here.

In.a.Box 03-01-2013 10:56 PM

a 40B wont hold the snapper :) a good size snapper can easy break through any tank :)

postskunk 03-02-2013 01:54 PM

I Know...
Quote:

Originally Posted by postskunk (Post 2663634)
don't worry I know he'll need an upgrade in about a year and a half, but I had the tank and all the hardscape supplies sitting in my garage collecting dust


Nubster 03-10-2013 01:47 AM

I had a snapper once many years ago. Not an alligator, but whatever common snapping turtle we have here in WV...very cool guy. I kept him about a month then released it. Went from size of a quarter to about the size of a tennis ball in that short time.

postskunk 03-19-2013 04:00 AM

Yeah, They're pretty incredible turtles Nubster.

They make an incredible display animal as long as you know what your getting into and have the space. I've worked with a lot of common Snappers over the years and this is my second Aligator Snapper.

I have the tank a little more functional at this point (even though I think it looks cooler with only an in or 2 of water, it doesn't work out all that well for my little buddy)

I took tons of photos while I was working it out over the last week or 2, so I'll try not to be too excessive with the pic post count.

I have an Eheim 2217 canister rigged up for the filtration, but having the water bar above the surface was loud and annoying so I submerged it and threw in a powerhead to keep the surface water moving. Then that became a problem cause between stray java moss, dumb feeder fish and all sorts of other debris I was cleaning it out twice a day. the filter attachment kept it up way to high so I wound up chopping it down and siliconing it back together half the size.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...317_203440.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...317_203616.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...headparts3.jpg

the other thing I did to free up some space was make a kick stand out of some slate, pipe, and black foam for the big peace of drift wood. befor it had 3 chunky peaces of wood under it that took up a ton of room. Now he has another decent cover area to cool out in and its a lot safer and more stabilized this way too.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h.../logstand1.jpg

I did add a few more plants. I threw in some penny wort cause threaded through the holes in the drift woods real nice.
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...317_162150.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...317_232025.jpg

Most of the moss I had on the log died off, but in my other fish tanks I havent been having much luck with my baby lears and rica so every time a cluster starts dyeing off, I either tangel it into the moss remains on the floating cork or a notch in the drift wood thats close to the surface. And I cant help but laugh at myself cause even though its nasty turtle water that gets even more trashed by the 36 feeders I throw in a each week, the stuff comes back to life and spreads all over with in a day or two.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...317_232209.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...317_232209.jpg

I also though a bunch of duck weed in over the weekend, which I'm kinda regretting cause it hasent even started spreading yet and it already looks like it took over but I might try and section off like a third of the tank at the surface to try and coral it in a few days. I could just be kidding myself though Haha

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...317_162121.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...317_231907.jpg

And Hears a bunch of shots I took of walter while I pulled him out to move his furniture :red_mouth

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...318_214215.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...318_214253.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...318_215833.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...318_220203.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...318_220004.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/h...318_215955.jpg

Sorry If I got a little to carried away with all the detailes ;)

Thanks for looking

I wanna try and add a few small species of water lilies or some bog type palms? pretty soon so I'll up date the thread once the tank comes together a little more

-Matt


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