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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-21-2012, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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So, I wanted to set up a hospital tank for some Poropanchax brichardi who probably need 60 days of kanamycin. Since the meds are expensive, I figured it was best to set up a very small tank for them. I wanted something that I could clean out with alcohol ( so it has to be all glass) and throw out everything in the tank afterward. I found an old vase, which after eyeballing it looks to be around around 8.5" height x 7.5" width ... maybe. Here's the tank at the moment:



I was planning to use some old aquasoil for the substrate. I wanted to use petrified wood to make a cliff which would be half-buried in a hill.

Like this:


(by cheng siu wai)

Except with just two 'cliffs', where piece of wood would be stacked on top of another bigger one and set back a little. The back of the rocks would be buried in a steep slope of topsoil.

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mini-christmas moss for the tops of the 'cliff'
lilaeopsis sp. 'mini' as a background plant
eleocharis sp. belem around the front and bottom edges
mini-fissidens, if I have enough, in a few spots on the side of the cliff

It'll be non-co2 with just the window for light. I think I have everything except the petrified wood pieces. I'm not sure of how to keep the slope stable, though. And I'd probably also need some sort of top cover, but I have no idea what. How do you tell if petrified wood is fish tank safe? For the one I was looking at the seller was saying it was, but is there any way to verify that?

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That sounds awesome!
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Ya that would look cool in that cylinder.
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I love those brichardi. Good luck with them!


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I'm not sure of how to keep the slope stable, though. And I'd probably also need some sort of top cover, but I have no idea what. How do you tell if petrified wood is fish tank safe? For the one I was looking at the seller was saying it was, but is there any way to verify that?
Sometimes people use peices of plastic as a barrier to stabalize the slope. Rocks buried under the substrate may also help to keep the structure.

Top cover: Maybe a glass plate until something better is found?

From link: "Petrified wood is safe for all aquaria it is often banded and of variable colours...It's very inert and safe to use in an aquarium. There are exceptions and you should use the acid test to be certain."
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Thanks for the replies! So, I bought this rock on ebay:





It has passed the acid test. And it fits into the tank, but I was planning on smashing it into 2 or 3 pieces, if I can do that without screwing it up.

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that looks like a slice of petrified wood
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Yup, it is.

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