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.
Thanks for any input,