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Blue Jack Dempsey Riparium planning

Hello out there. Thanks for checking this out!! Here's the situation. I have a young blue jack dempsey in a 20L and need to start planning for a bigger tank. After spending many a night on TPT I've decided to go with a riparium type setup. I have lots of time to plan so I hope this thread will give me some good ideas and advice.

For my tank I'm going to get a 110g X-High (48 7/8 x 19 x 30 3/4) or a 90g (48 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 25 3/8). This way I can keep the water line at about 20 inches giving my Blue Jack ~ 70 gallons of water to play around in.

For filtration I already have an eheim 2213 (rated for up to 66 gallon tank). I figure the plants will soak up the remaining nutrients that the filter does not. I also have an aquaclear 101 powerhead (80gph) for added circulation.

For lighting I'm going to hang 4-T5HO (2 daylight, 2 plant) lights about 12 inches over the tank. I've seen some Hydroponic Fluorescent Fixtures and some Odyssea 4-T5HO's for very reasonable prices. What are your thoughts about them?

I also want to house a crested gecko in there. They are tree dwelling and can't swim from what I've read. Since Blue Jack Demsey's max out around 8 inches, and crested gecko's 7-9 inches will the Jack ignore it. I know they will eat anything that can fit in their mouths, but I don't think a 7 inch lizard will fit? Blue Jacks are much more peaceful than the typical Jack's. Mine has been living with ghost shrimp that I put in there as food for him. Moooron!

Here's the design I'm going for. It's based on the monkey enclosures at the zoo. A little island surrounded by water. Might this work for keeping a gecko from escaping? I'd like to have an open top if possible

What plants will work in a south american type sytem? My PH ~6.8, GH ~110, KH ~100.

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Thanks for any input,

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Do you know of any pics out there of what a finished tank in this style would look like? Your mock ups intrigue me, but my brain is having a hard time envisioning the finished product.
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Surely. Here's a couple. Most of the setups out there have plants bordering the sides of the tank. I'd like to make mine more of an island setup because I'm going to try and keep a gecko in there and I don't want it escaping. Kinda like alcatraz.

Underneath the water it will look something like this (I hope). I won't have a carpet, but I plan on putting swords, annubias, and other low light plants.





Above the water line - With branches criss crossing acting like bridges for the gecko. Couldn't find an exact picture but here's somewhat of an idea.





The plants I plan on attaching around each stump will look something like these. I'm not sure of the names but they look like elephant ears, sawgrass etc.


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this is a good plan. looks like it will look awesome!


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crested geckos cant swim i wouldnt put a crestie in there

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Agreed. If they cant swim, why have a gecko there if they fall in the water..
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Yeah, generally, geckos and ripariums do not get along well... Unfortunately.

I like where you are going with this though! Will the planters be attached to the driftwood?

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I thought the gecko would be smart enough to stay out of the water....like monkeys do at the zoo...but I guess it'll just fall in....and that's $60 down the drain.

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I do want to attach them to the driftwood...not with planters though. I just don't like the look. I'm hoping I can hollow out some cork then wrap it around the driftwood stump(using nails, or waterweld). Has anyone tried this. I think the cork would almost blend into the stump. Should I leave a slight opening at the bottom for the roots to grow out? Or will they grow through the cork?

Here's a pick to get "sort of an idea". the cork is attached to the glass.


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