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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-13-2006, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Iím using pendent lighting and recently decided to go topless (my aquarium) because I like the look of the plants that grow past the water surface.

Now when I look at my tank, I feel it is missing a little something. I originally had a single acentic fluorescent in a custom-fixture that hid the top of the filter intakes and wires, but I moved it up with the pendants.

I then looked at my holding tank and got an idea. In my holding tank, I am using plastic breeder containers to temporarily hold bulbs till they show signs of life (just convenient). Here is the idea, and would like some input.

1. Buy a few more breeder containers and paint them black to match my background.
2. Fill them with typical substrate and plant terrarium plants or plants that are not truly aquatic.
3. Hang them in the background.

Figure all my plumbing is painted black and it disappears into the background with little plant coverage. The background plants all seem to lean forward so there would be room and the containers wouldnít block the light angle.

Any obvious holes or possible pitfalls I may be missing with this idea?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 03:01 AM
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I don't see any. In fact it sounds like a really cool idea.

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Sounds neat. Might want to consider though if the weight is substantial enough to be a concern hanging off a single pane of glass.

Post if you go through with it though, would like to see the result.

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if i understand the idea correctly, the breeders and plants will be in the water, greatly relieving the weight load on the glass. I guess the question is will there be substrate in the containers, and if so, what kind and how much? this is where most of your weight-bearing problems will arise. something light like Schultz/Profile might be a godsend in this setup. This sounds like a great idea, and a possible use for some of those marginal plants sold in chain pet stores as "aquarium plants" grown emmersed, many of them would do just fine. There's also the ever popular pothos that grows great with the roots in the tank water, and grows "vines" up and across the top (if you have one) or sides of the tank. There are also many plants we grow submersed that would thrive in this setup (lysimachia nummularia would love this setup, as well as the bacopas and the ludwigias). I would personally choose the plants based on whether they flower, if they have pleasing aromas, and if they would thrive in the ambient temperature in the room (most should, but it's a consideration). Fantastic post! I look foward to pictures of this once its fully realized.


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I'm doing this right now in a 15 topless.

But I turned the breeder tanks upside down, suctioned them to the back glass, and use that as a platform for foam-filled pots that hold marginals.
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Sounds like a good idea to me..it would cover
some of those pipes and wires that you cant help having!!
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The breeders would be in the water and feed from the water column. I had already bought and planed to use Shaultz. Its what I place my bulbs in until Iím ready for them. I plan on using 2-3 inches of it in 3 Breeders. Two small and one long.

Hopefully I will have a camera soon, but here is a quick sketch.

Nest steps will be.

1. Hope the Krylon paint takes hold and doesnít flake off in the water.
2. Figure out what plants to put in them.
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I never thought to use breeder boxes. I have hung java fern to the tank walls. Cut black craft mesh into strips and push a couple suctions cups through the mesh. Tie the java fern to the mesh and "plant" against the glass.

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