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Old 11-13-2013, 01:51 AM   #1
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Deep Blue 80G Rimless Riparium


Deep Blue 80G Rimless Riparium

I have a new project in the works. I have been pondering another larger riparium setup for a while. I was planning to used a de-rimmed standard 75G filled to about 2/3 full, but then somebody suggested a shallow frag tank as a nice option for this kind of setup.

Deep Blue Professional manufactures both a 60G and an 80G frag tank on the same footprint as a standard 120 (24" X 48"). These tank would be perfect for open-top riparium setups, with lots of room for plants and fish. Here's the link to the 80G product page on their site...

http://www.deepblueprofessional.com/rimless.html

I had hardly heard of Deep Blue before. I guess they market primarily to reef hobbyists. We are working on ordering the tank. I hope that we can get one built without the filter box.

For an idea of the scale of a tank like this, here's an picture of the 120 that I made a long time ago...



As you can see that one was only about 40% full of water. We had some Mexican livebearers in it.

I have a few ideas for plant & fish themes for this new project. My current favorite notion is for an India or Myanmar river with loaches and barbs and danios. I have also wondered about doing a South America setup. A real broad sandy bottom would look really cool with a big shoal of cories. There are lots of plants that could look good with a tank like this. Some of the riparium that grow a but larger to 36" or so would proportion nicely with a four foot tank.

Thanks for reading. I'll try to have some updates pretty soon.
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:13 AM   #2
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Yeah I have the 60g for my reef tank at home. I love the dimension of the tank. And we carry deep blue tanks at my store. But most freshies are turned off by it because of the overflow I'm thinking.
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:23 AM   #3
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Yeah I have the 60g for my reef tank at home. I love the dimension of the tank. And we carry deep blue tanks at my store. But most freshies are turned off by it because of the overflow I'm thinking.
The dimensions are perfect.

Do you think they might be able to build one without the overflow? I'm waiting to hear back from somebody about that. What about removing the overflow? Do you think it would come out easily or not?
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:45 AM   #4
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I have a few deep blue tanks for my freshwater fish and shrimp. Great tanks, really have no complaints. And the black silicone has a very nice look to it. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with this, your skills are most impressive A suggestion/recommendation, if you do go with a Myanmar theme, gold ring danios Danio tinwini. They are awesome little fish and look amazing when the light hits them. Would be cool to see a school of them darting in and out of the shade.

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I have a few deep blue tanks for my freshwater fish and shrimp. Great tanks, really have no complaints. And the black silicone has a very nice look to it. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with this, your skills are most impressive A suggestion/recommendation, if you do go with a Myanmar theme, gold ring danios Danio tinwini. They are awesome little fish and look amazing when the light hits them. Would be cool to see a school of them darting in and out of the shade.
Yeah tinwini are real nice little fish. I had wanted to look into some larger danio relatives such as Barilius sp. So I'll have to think about compatibility. Some of the loaches and larger danios can be nippy.

What do you think about removing the filter box? Is it just siliconed in there? Will it come out with some effort?
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I am looking forward to seeing the development of this set up!
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I am looking forward to seeing the development of this set up!
I hope to have some news about the tank pretty soon.

I have lots of cool plants to use with this project.

Another fish idea I have is for native US species.
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I've never had one of the reef ready so i cant give you any advice on filter removal, however i feel like it shouldnt be that difficult. I have 2 of the 7.5 gallon cubes, a 1.5 gallon and a standard 5 gallon, but love the tanks.
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the (roughly) 3 gallon long betta tanks they do are pretty nice, looking at the frag tanks at my LFS, they look pretty awesome. can't help ya on the filter removal, but looks like it's going to be an awesome build.
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I've never had one of the reef ready so i cant give you any advice on filter removal, however i feel like it shouldnt be that difficult. I have 2 of the 7.5 gallon cubes, a 1.5 gallon and a standard 5 gallon, but love the tanks.
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the (roughly) 3 gallon long betta tanks they do are pretty nice, looking at the frag tanks at my LFS, they look pretty awesome. can't help ya on the filter removal, but looks like it's going to be an awesome build.
Thanks you guys. I imagine that removing the overflow box won't be too difficult. The holes in the glass could probably be used to plumb a canister filter through the bottom. I hope to have news about ordering the tank pretty soon.
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I hope to get a start on this in the next couple of weeks. I am going to put the stand together before we bring the tank over. The stand will use this kind of construction with the Strongtie framing connectors and finished cedar boards...



I already have some good full-sized plants to put in the tank. The fish selection will probably make some kind of biotope representation, but the riparium foliage will just be some larger tropical plants that look good together. I have a couple of these Pandanus tectorius that I had in my brackish tank and they would look good together mixed with other stuff.



Cat palm (Chameadorea cataractarum) would be another good one.



Both of these plants have some height that will look good with the broad and shallow tank.
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