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I acquired this one of a kind aquarium from Swap n Shop about 6 weeks ago and in light of my Sulawesi Nano Tank debacle from our nasty Spring storms I've decided to try making this into another Sulawesi Biotope with Cardinal Shrimp and Tylomelania snails. I think it looks kind of like some sort of alien spaceship or some mid-century kind of decoration.
I did some acrylic pipe bending for this unusually shaped tank and thought it wasn't half bad for my first try. I'm using an Eheim 2211, a Filter-Max I prefilter, a Turbo Twist 3X UV sterilizer (during the day only, off at night), and a 200W Hydor inline heater.
The light is a vintage mid-century 60's? chrome ball with a 6500K 27W CFL with reflector. I thought it looked good with the spheres of the tank.
The tank holds about 5 gal of water but with my lacerock and Eco Complete African Cichlid Substrate I have about 4 gal including the water in the plumbing and filter.
I wanted to make sure the two spheres didn't have stagnant water so I came up with some plumbing ideas that you can see from the attached photos. The Hydor provides much more consistent temperatures than the little 50W Catalina Titanium heater I had in my last Sulawesi Nano. I'm using a couple of magnetic holders for the clear vinyl tubing and clear polypropylene barbed fittings. These fittings are expensive and hard to find.









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Thanks, I hope it works once I get some livestock in the tank.


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I cant wait to see what you do with this!
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this is something I have never seen before. I'm really interested in how this progresses. What plants are you going to use in this biotope?


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this is something I have never seen before. I'm really interested in how this progresses. What plants are you going to use in this biotope?
I'm going to try some Fissidens fontanus, Najas sp "Roraima" , a Marimo ball, and some Phyllanthus fluitans because I have extras of these in my 60 gal. community tank.


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Very neat looking. Not really sure what its practical for.


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This is going to be interesting when its all set up, i can't wait to see it!!


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Some substrate and a moss ball in each of the side-spheres would look interesting

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Would definitely look good with substrate in each of the orbs... can't wait to see what you do with it.
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Thanks, I think so too.


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