New tank! Native fish biotope (hopefully)
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Low Tech Forum


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-25-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
calebkraft
Planted Member
 
calebkraft's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: springfield, missouri
Posts: 212
Default

New tank! Native fish biotope (hopefully)


Crazy story, my neighbor is moving out. He tossed out a 10 gallon and I asked about it. A few minutes later, I had a poor turtle in a 10 gallon as well as this 66"x 13"x12" custom tank for FREE.

well, after some research this long tank isn't deep or wide enough for the turtle so it looks like I get to have some fun!

My goal here is to create a stream environment with a natural filter.

Here's my idea.
I have a dirt/sand substrait. A power head pushes water from one end to another where it is forced through rocks, then gravel, then maybe a big sponge before being picked up and taken back to the powerhead.


So I'm curious about how best to do my sub strait and filter.
__________________
calebkraft is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-25-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
Soil
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Sweden
Posts: 77
Default

Interesting idea!

I am working on a similardesign as well and I think your design looks like it will provide nice filtration

I do think that you should put 2-3 or so stacked boxes in the "filter area", pretty much like a canister filter. The lower box could have bioballs for easy waterflow, and the top box gravel to plant in. The sponge to the far right is great to catch particales trying to get into your pump. You would need some kind of grid in the bottom of the top box, but this way its easy to pick them up and clean if they clog.

If you manage to get a good enough flow your emersed plants are gonna have a blast!
Soil is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 07:07 AM   #3
TheRiverRat
Algae Grower
 
TheRiverRat's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 107
Default

Sweet freebie, a stream tank with some of those hillstream loaches and bamboo shrimp would be real cool lookin.
__________________
I may try to catch your fish if they are big enough
First PT- 55G
TheRiverRat is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 07:08 AM   #4
TheRiverRat
Algae Grower
 
TheRiverRat's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 107
Default

Just saw you said native fish biotope! Are you planning on putting some darters and minnows in it?
__________________
I may try to catch your fish if they are big enough
First PT- 55G
TheRiverRat is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 01:43 PM   #5
calebkraft
Planted Member
 
calebkraft's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: springfield, missouri
Posts: 212
Default

yep, I want to keep to small things. Darters, minnows,skulpin, as many bugs as I can find, etc.

We have some very beautiful darters and similar type fish here I'm hoping to find. We have niangua darters which can be very beautiful, but they're a bit scarce.

I really wish there were catfish that could stay small enough for this tank (1-2 inches). a "slender madtom"(Notorus Exilis) would be cool, they look like micro catfish and they're actually venemous.
__________________

Last edited by calebkraft; 02-26-2013 at 02:09 PM.. Reason: adding madtom info
calebkraft is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 03:48 PM   #6
TheRiverRat
Algae Grower
 
TheRiverRat's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 107
Default

It is amazing how awesome looking some of those darters are. I have caught a few rainbow darters seining on the river in my day. And a madtom would fill that small cat void, make a great bait for smallmouth too! Would be sweet to see some bugs in there to and watch them develop into adults. Ill be watching to see what happens with this tank. I have always wanted to create a stream environment!
__________________
I may try to catch your fish if they are big enough
First PT- 55G
TheRiverRat is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 03:51 PM   #7
devilduck
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
devilduck's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Chicago,IL
Posts: 658
Default

What are you going to do with the turtle? What type of turtle is it?
devilduck is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 04:58 PM   #8
seuadr
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Eaton Rapids, Mi, USA
Posts: 267
Default

are you suggesting a power head alone or are you going to have a pump feeding it?
seuadr is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 05:08 PM   #9
calebkraft
Planted Member
 
calebkraft's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: springfield, missouri
Posts: 212
Default

I'm imagining one of those power heads that has an intake I could extend. I haven't done much research yet, but it seems like I've seen them before.

If I kept the intake lower than the power head, it shouldn't stress the impeller motor much.
__________________
calebkraft is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 05:14 PM   #10
xaqdaddy
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Ohio
Posts: 77
Default Noturus are awesome

Used to have a couple. Wish I hadnt gotten rid of them.
xaqdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 05:28 PM   #11
calebkraft
Planted Member
 
calebkraft's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: springfield, missouri
Posts: 212
Default

I'm thinking something like one of these


but I can extend that intake across the tank.
__________________
calebkraft is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 05:42 PM   #12
seuadr
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Eaton Rapids, Mi, USA
Posts: 267
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by calebkraft View Post
I'm imagining one of those power heads that has an intake I could extend. I haven't done much research yet, but it seems like I've seen them before.

If I kept the intake lower than the power head, it shouldn't stress the impeller motor much.
gotcha!

I thought you might be suggesting just an open ended power head and was thinking "how is he going to force it through the media"
seuadr is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 06:11 PM   #13
calebkraft
Planted Member
 
calebkraft's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: springfield, missouri
Posts: 212
Default

cool local fish

Green sided darter


rainbow darter:



banded sculpin


and slender madtom


I intend to have crawfish as well. I think if I get them in there when they are babies (easy to find here), that they'll do less damage to the plants.

I won't even begin to list the massive amounts of inverts and insects I intend to gather. Lets just say "all of them"
__________________
calebkraft is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 06:19 PM   #14
scapegoat
Planted Tank Guru
 
scapegoat's Avatar
 
PTrader: (15/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: philadelphia, pa
Posts: 2,232
Default

that rainbow darter is incredible looking.

i need to see what i can find around south east PA
scapegoat is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-26-2013, 06:26 PM   #15
calebkraft
Planted Member
 
calebkraft's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: springfield, missouri
Posts: 212
Default

They are pretty amazing. THey don't look quite that bright all year around, but even when they're less colorful they are pleasing to the eye.
__________________
calebkraft is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 05:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012