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150g Riparium project!

Well I'm ready for another tank and I finally think I decided on one, no one has them instock so it would need to be ordered in.

72x18x27 150g!

This will be setup riparium style and still have alot of planning to do. Total water volume will be about 56g. I'm considering drilling the back of the tank to allow for the filters to be completely hidden from view. Thinking 3 Eheim Classic 2213's spread across the back, 2 will have Hydor Inline heaters, the middle one will house a Turbotwist 3x UV and an inline CO2 reactor incase I go with CO2 down the road.

I am considering 3 70 watt Viper HQI MH fixtures as I don't need a ton of light but the T5HO fixtures are almost null for a 6 foot tank. I figure with the 3 Vipers mounted as high as I can should create a good spread down at the bottom without to much worry of too much lighting.

Found a nice piece of wood at the local store that is mounted to a piece of slate so it would look like an old tree coming out of the water. Would be a good place for some moss and anubias to hang out.

Stocking will be Cardinals and some various tetras.

What does everyone think? Who will be able to help with plant as the equipment will push the limit on my budget.

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Just a slight update, I will be ordering my tank tomorrow and it will be here Wednesday! 150g 72x18x17 with overflows. I will be cutting out the overflows so I can use a canister filter under the stand for that super clean install look.

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Alright! Back in the game! I can't wait to see what you do with a tank this size. Looking forward to see how this one comes together.

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Alright! Back in the game! I can't wait to see what you do with a tank this size. Looking forward to see how this one comes together.
Thanks, I've got lots of plans made and most stuff ordered. May have to hit you up for some plants at some point.

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Sounds like it's gonna be an awesome tank!
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O.k. here is the plan:

150g with overflows removed and bulk heads for the filtration

Filtration: 2 Eheim 2213's setup with Loc Line fittings split to dual returns for customizable flow
Heating: 2 Hydor 200 watt Heaters In-Line ETH series
UV: Turbo Twist 3X 9w UV
CO2: None atleast for now
Lighting: 3 Viper 70 watt MH matched to 8000k Bulbs mounted over the tanks rim
Substrate: ADA Xingu Sand
Hardscape: Riaprium above, probably rocks down below, maybe a couple pieces of wood if I find something I like
Flora: Undecided
Fauna: Schools of different Tetras- Cardinal, Rummy, Black Neon, possibly something else; Otos; Possibly RCS; Cory Cats not sure which.

That is about all I got for now. My pocket book isn't fat anymore.

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Can wait to see this develop. This tank isn't going to be rimless is it?

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Can wait to see this develop. This tank isn't going to be rimless is it?

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This one will be rimmed as I may be using the glass tops on it.

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I would recommend 2 Rena XP2s for more flow, and maybe cut down on the species of fish to improve aesthetics, IMO.
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Sweet! I cant wait to see it finished!

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I would recommend 2 Rena XP2s for more flow, and maybe cut down on the species of fish to improve aesthetics, IMO.
It's gonna be good
Not a fan of Renas and got a killer deal on the Eheim 2213's

Here is what I've refined on the Fish list:

Cardinal Tetra
Rummy Nose tetras/ or possibly Rasbora Espi
Otos
Corydoras CW021
Shadow Cats
Sparkling Gouramis

Don't forget These guys have a 72x18 floorspace to cruise around in and most max at 2.5". I think once they get into the tank it will make a great blend of colors and action.

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I also can't wait to see this tank to come together...

I always think that ripariums look better without the rim. Just curious what your reasons for the glass lid are? Don't want the cats to drown?

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I also can't wait to see this tank to come together...

I always think that ripariums look better without the rim. Just curious what your reasons for the glass lid are? Don't want the cats to drown?

Cat, also with a little one I'm sure things will get tossed in or atleast attempted.

Also some plants require a much higher humidity and it is a good way to keep the humidity up when needed.

On the other hand I don't feel inclined to cut the rim off a new $650 tank either.

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All very good reasons

Hey, I just bought a 72x18x24 (125ga) for $300... Does the drilling make it that much more expensive?

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All very good reasons

Hey, I just bought a 72x18x24 (125ga) for $300... Does the drilling make it that much more expensive?

Depends on where you go. The place I'm going is only upcharging me $75 for the drilled tank. The place really close was $499 for the non drilled and $999 for the drilled version. The place I'm going is charging me ~$875 for the tank and stand minus lights and glass tops which will run me about $70 extra. I've been searching the locals for a tank but those that have come up are scratched or they want new price for them so I jsut figured I would buy it new.

I did look at the 125 several times but decided to go with the extra 5.5" of height which will allow some larger plants and more space for them without coming out the top.

Also I think the 125 is ony 21.5 or 22" tall. The 150 is 27 or 27.5" if I remember correctly.

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