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Old 09-17-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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I have a nice challenge. Very tall, thin tank with light from the front


Hi guys.

We built a new space in my dad's house and left a hole in a wall that I was hoping to turn into a tank.

This was before I knew a thing about keeping a proper planted tank. The set-up will be quite challenging and unlike most what I've seen people do successfully. That said I have an empty tank sitting in a very visible hole in the wall that keeps mocking me every time I go visit. So here's my scream for help, hope you can help overcome this challenge.

The tank is very tall and thin. 18 inches front, 8 inches deep and 30 inches tall. It's next to a glass door, so it gets a lot of window light (This is south and in the middle of an unforgiving desert, so we're talking there's over 200 days of sunshine a year). It doesn't get much direct sunlight (perhaps five of minutes a day in the very early morning tops.) The light comes from the front of the tank, not from the top, so all parts of the tank get more or less equal amounts of light.

The tank is covered by a concrete wall on 3 sides. Meaning it doesn't have room to put anything on the outside. It has a very sturdy wooden hollow base that can house about 1 cubic feet of equipment. It has about 1/2 inch separation from the back wall where I can run cables and air/water tubes. It does, however, has a lot of space above the aquarium.

My tap water is about 7.6 pH with a high kH of about 6 and I can't recall the gH but it was pretty high as well. So this has to be either an aquarium for high-ph species or must contain a decent amount of softeners. But I'm open to ideas.

I tried to set-it up with some amazon swords in simple sand substrate (again, this was before I knew a thing about fishkeeping) a decent water stone and one of these stingray submerged filters. The while thing was quickly overrun by algae and I tore the thing down in anger.


It's been sitting there, mocking me for the past few years. I say it's time for revenge.

I'm open to anything, I've considered everything from a goldfish to a cichlid tank; filling it halfway and using emergent plants to suck up the nutrients; turning it into a waterfall, overstocking it with plants to turn it into a shrimp tank, you name it.

The only requisite is that it has to be visually pleasant. It's the first thing people see walking into the living room.

I know there's a lot of great people who'd love to help me on this quest, thank you in advance!

Here's a scheme of what I currently have:
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:24 PM   #2
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I find the easiest thing with sunlight is less water and more plants, aka a terrarium.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:01 PM   #3
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How much room above it is there? Enough room to add a light? Can try a low tech planted tank.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:04 PM   #4
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don't angels like tall tanks?
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:19 PM   #5
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The terrarium with a waterfall sounds perfect to me... moss growing up the sides, emergent plants, and either amphibians or crabs that can utilize all that climbing surface.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:14 AM   #6
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Don't put angels in there.... 8 inches front to back with angels is a bad idea no matter how tall the tank is, I have a 6 inch angel nose to beginning of tail so sticking angels somewhere cramped like that is a bad idea, as far as a light is concerned make a led cannon the sunlight won't hurt much and you can also benefit from using floating plants along with low light plants
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:05 PM   #7
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Plenty of space above, 1 whole yard. I'm not sure I should add more light as it get a lot from the window light already
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:06 PM   #8
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Thanks, I'll see if I can come up with a nice layout.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:00 PM   #9
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Test the lights power with a par meter, slso adding light will make it look better
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:38 PM   #10
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You could make a terrarium or paludarum, either of these can have a water feature, even a waterfall.

Try some vampire crabs, or poison frogs, or tree frogs. You could grow mosses, ferns, orchids, fungi and many other cool plants (note fungi is not a plant).
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