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Old 02-10-2014, 04:15 AM   #1
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20 Gallon re-invention


Since I had all the pictures I figured I'd do a thread on this tank too. Was a 20 gallon community tank, now a riparium. Here are some photos of the whole process and a vid of the new tank. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNC-5mDtB1A

Pretty simple process. There is a 40 gallon waterfall filter thing and the pots have Miracle Grow Organic Potting Soil in them except for the pot that is like a catch for the waterfall. The terrestrial and emerged plants are a mix of things from my 5.5 gallon and some house plants my neighbor was throwing away. I was going to do Firebelly toads originally when I "designed" it, but now 2 Spanish Ribbed Newts inhabit it, or one for now the other should arrive tuesday. As far as lighting, I am just using the stock LED light strip that came with the tank plus another LED strip from a Fluval 5.5 gallon. At least I think that is where it came from. It's one of those "use what's around" tanks.

The newt can traverse the whole area of the tank. The filter is wrapped in filter floss so there is nowhere for the newt to get stuck but it can go anywhere. It's like a whole cave area behind the pots.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:17 PM   #2
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So, after quite a bit of delay the second newt arrived today. The tank has changed quite a bit. The water level is now just a little bit higher than half way. There are several rock hides as well as driftwood pieces in the water. There are also 3 Nerite snails in the tank, but I rarely ever see them.

So far the newts seem to be doing well. They are both actively hunting and generally are very active. I will try on Friday when I feed them and they are most active to take a good video of them.
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Old 04-14-2014, 04:41 AM   #3
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The tank is doing very well and the newts are also going strong.

Here they are eating live food.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvMBLJt9Nh0

Here is just an update showing how much the immersed plants have grown.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF7XgHfjL1o
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:06 AM   #4
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Well, this tank has really changed since February. Here are some pics. I'm actually going to remove most of the plants in here and start it over again. Most of them are going to go on my front patio that got ruined in a random hailstorm that occurred earlier this spring.
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:24 PM   #5
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Wonderful! I love this and that Pothos is really taking over! I personally prefer the over grown "chaotic" look. Most people try to keep their tanks a little too sterile.
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Old 05-13-2014, 03:34 PM   #6
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Wonderful! I love this and that Pothos is really taking over! I personally prefer the over grown "chaotic" look. Most people try to keep their tanks a little too sterile.

I would agree with you, however, the roots are taking up a lot of the newts swimming space so I kind of have to clean it up a little bit.
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