It's a been a while since I posted here. Went marine for a while, moved and had to stop all tanks. But a friend just gave me an empty tank and I was hoping to get back into the hobby.
This is pretty much the same thing, only shorter
Tank is a cylinder, roughly 18 inches across and 5 ft tall. (if anyone can venture an estimate on the volume that would be great) Tank is currently drilled for bubbles from the bottom. Would prob shut those off.
My question is filtration. Can a canister filter handle a tank 5 ft tall? Even if I extend the intake pipe to drop 4 ft into the tank, and get plastic tubing for the return, its pretty high up. Tank is about 5 ft, and the base is about 2.5 feet. Can a canister return water to that height? There is a drain pipe in the bottom for water changes. Was thinking about keeping the bottom bare and using driftwood with Anubias and Java fern. That should help keep the bottom clean. Vacuuming that depth isn't going to be fun.
Would it be safe to hook that return directly to the canister? Or is that a disaster waiting to happen is the seal would ever fail on the canister?
Once we figure this out we'll tackle lighting. But I think this would be the bigger challenge. to work through...
There are definitely quite a few downsides of a tank this high. limited surface area, difficulty of reaching the bottom for cleaning and maintenance, But it was free, and I'm willing to be creative to work around the issues. My goal is for small fish. A school of tetras. maybe Zebras. Maybe fancy guppies. Not looking for goldfish, cichlids or other fish with heavy bioloads. Small stuff.
Interested in hearing from you guys what you think.