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Old 08-04-2011, 05:05 PM   #1
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20H Native Creek Tank (Need help with new tank build!) *Ideas*


Started up this tank a few weeks ago with a well established filter. I used top soil with tons of root tabs with sand from the creek to top it off. Sorry for not having but one plant, its only cause I haven't gotten the light system yet. I love the natural look of the tank, but as soon as I get my lights its going to be all crypts on the slopped left side of the tank. All fish and newt readily accepted frozed blood worms the first day in the tank. Also the fish don't bother the newt at all.
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Can anyone ID these fish?




And some ghost shrimp from southern georgia
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Awesome, I bet this tank will turn out great! Love the newt!
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:23 PM   #3
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Wow this isn't something you see everyday I like it.

The fish resemble the creek chubs we have around here but I don't live anywhere near you so no definite ID on what those could be. Get some darters in there!

http://www.aquaculturestore.com/fwverts.html

That site has some interesting natives and I think the price of shipping is included.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:29 PM   #4
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Wow this isn't something you see everyday I like it.

The fish resemble the creek chubs we have around here but I don't live anywhere near you so no definite ID on what those could be. Get some darters in there!
+1 on the darters, just make sure you have good flow for them!
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:36 PM   #5
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COOL!!! is that the newt poking his out from under the rock? He is awesome!

Do newts need a way to get out of the water or are they 100% aquatic?
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Well my newt is 100% aquatic because he has gills and a tail like a tadpole. I was thinking about getting some darters from this creek about a mile away from my house, but I don't know if they'd eat my shrimp or my newt. So I don't know if im going to get some yet. I also was thinking about getting a powerhead because the fish like swimming in the current of the HOB. Ooo I looked up Creek Chubs and they do look very similar.
Thanks for all the replys guys!
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As long as the darters aren't too big they shouldn't mess with the newt, Now the shrimp... they could become food.

A powerhead would be a great idea for this tank.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:50 PM   #8
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I just took a video, its being uploaded. Stupid camera ran out of memory so it shut off short.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eFKEJdaE94
Redeye chubs! But they dont have red eyes..?
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I love how natural the creek sand is, did you do anything to the sand to prepare it?
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Nope, I figured since the fish live in it, it would be fine. I just took a shovel and a bucket to my creek in my back yard and started digging lol.
On a side note, I just got back from the creek in my back yard and there are some rather large fish around 7 inches. They had red fins but looked the same as my fish right now, I don't know if my fish are fry of them or they are a totally different fish. They hang out with the same species of fish I have so im assuming its the same type of fish, maybe. I tried catching them with a net and failed lol.

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When I was digging up the sand I found tons of weird inverts(Like worms), it REALLY grossed me out.. Its kinda funny how I love fish, snails, shrimp, amphibians, etc but I hate freshwater insects..
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very very cool! i really want to set one of these up some time.
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Nope, I figured since the fish live in it, it would be fine. I just took a shovel and a bucket to my creek in my back yard and started digging lol.
On a side note, I just got back from the creek in my back yard and there are some rather large fish around 7 inches. They had red fins but looked the same as my fish right now, I don't know if my fish are fry of them or they are a totally different fish. They hang out with the same species of fish I have so im assuming its the same type of fish, maybe. I tried catching them with a net and failed lol.

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When I was digging up the sand I found tons of weird inverts(Like worms), it REALLY grossed me out.. Its kinda funny how I love fish, snails, shrimp, amphibians, etc but I hate freshwater insects..
im guessing you left all the weird inverts in there?
my parents have a little creek in there backyard I might have to set something like this up
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No I found like 6 different inverts when I was pouring in the sand on top of the top soil and I took them out and put them in a cup and put them back into the creek.
Totally do it, the more area on the bottom the better. A 20H like my does alright with the bottom wise. Id go a 30 or 20 long, it will help you mimic their natural environment better. If I ever shut down my 2.5g and 3g, Im going to get a 30 long and make that one into my native creek tank.
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