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Old 02-26-2013, 05:29 PM   #16
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how do you plan to catch these fish?
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:45 PM   #17
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We go wading ALL THE TIME. For many of them you can literally scoop them up if you're fast enough. a handheld net will cover the rest.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:48 PM   #18
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I know our local sculpins are very high oxygen demand fish and are found in very fast/cold water. From my research keeping one of them would require a chiller. I'm not sure about the variety you have locally, but it would be worth some research, as they may not do well in warmer waters.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:20 PM   #19
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Default Very cool idea

I have 2 Jackson Darter's. Not as colorful but what they lack in color, they make up in personality.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:27 PM   #20
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Sculpin are generally a colder water fish. However, I'm pretty sure I've seen them in the section of the James River I'm going to be mimicking. However, I could have just seen some kind of mottled darter and assumed it was a sculpin. The water definitely gets warm there, we wade/swim there all the time.

If they aren't there, they wont get caught and put in my tank!
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:11 PM   #21
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That would be pretty cool if you could keep sculpin in there. The ones that I have seen around here were in cold trout stream water and I think they would be dead pretty quick at room temperature.

Darters would be great in a tank like this.

I have a concept in mind for a similar setup with riparium plants. I was pondering a real short and broad tank with a substrate of the prettiest rocks that I can find.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:42 AM   #22
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I am so jealous of you getting this tank for free, it's incredible! This is exactly the sort of project I wish I could be doing. Aside from getting the free tank, do you have an estimate on how much this project is going to set you back? Itemised if possible? (If you don't want to say, that's cool)
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:27 AM   #23
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Take a look at the following website. It has some good ideas for a stream tank. http://www.loaches.com/articles/rive...anifold-design
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:20 PM   #24
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Yes, that system is almost exactly what I was imagining. The only difference is that I will be adding a "marsh" area for some filtration instead of just the sponges.

I am starting to think about light now. I wanted to put this in an east facing window, but my wife wasn't too excited about that. Looks like I'll need to build some lights!
Again, I'm thinking super low budget here. I'll probably do 5 cfl bulbs in a custom reflector. Possibly two timers so that I can simulate a day cycle. Not totally sure though.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:04 PM   #25
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I'm thinking something like one of these


but I can extend that intake across the tank.
I would not recommend extending the intake. Instead, put the powerhead itself under your sponge in the compartment at the far right end in your diagram and use vinyl hose or PVC pipe on the output side to get the water to the other end of the tank. Besides being better for the pump (small centrifugal pumps really don't do well with restricted intakes) it means you can hide the ugly thing under the sponge where no one will see it, instead of having it hanging in plain site in the display portion of the tank.
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That's a good idea to put the powerhead in the filter area. While I don't think it matters which end I extend (restricted flow is restricted flow), at least I can hide them!
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:42 PM   #27
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(restricted flow is restricted flow)
I know it seems like that's the case logically but from the pump's perspective it's definitely not true. Restricting the intake causes pressure inside the pump to drop, which can lead to cavitation and really poor performance. The performance drop might not be an issue for you but the pump will probably not last as long.

And at any rate it's nice to hide the pump.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:28 PM   #28
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If you use a larger diameter pipe for an extension, it should make up for the restriction you might have to go a few sizes up. You can also do something like this it will pull the water through the filter and make flow across the tank but the flow will bounce back eventually and create more of a whirlpool. I'm not sure if that's what you want.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:42 PM   #29
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Is there an advantage to keeping everything inside of the tank like that? Why not use the 10g you got for this and just run two hoses in?
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Very cool idea! I'll be watching this one develop too.
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