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Thinking about starting a rip...will this tank work?

Some how ripariums have not been brought to my attention until 5 minutes ago...lol...they are AWESOME!!! Now I want to build one. I only have a 10g tank and a 24x18x14 acrylic tank at the moment. I would rather have something larger then the 10g but wasn't sure if the other tank would work. I mean I don't see a reason why it wouldn't...I just wasn't sure if the height of 14" would be an issue. I would probably make this an invert setup. I'll be checking out lots of build threads to get ideas but if anyone has any thoughts I am open ears...
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I just started mine about two weeks ago with a Mr. Aqua 17. It has roughly the same footprint. I think it's 24x12x14. I think it's two threads just below yours if you want to take a look. I think you'll like that size alot. Good luck!
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Thanks...I just clicked on your thread actually so I'll be watching it carefully. I had this tank made custom for a SW nano that never took shape so it's been in the basement collecting dust for a couple years...guess it will be a great excuse to dust it off and put it to use. It is drilled with an overflow so I'll have to figure out how to deal with that.
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FWIW, my current Riparium is 8g and now that it is set up and running I've found it to be a bit small. I just had a custom glass tank built (24x14x14) thinking that the size would be much better for me. I seriously debated on the Mr Aqua 17g that Mdreher has but wanted a starfire glass front. So, personally I think your 2nd tank is awesome for a riparium! I found that I wanted a bit more depth on a smaller sized tank but with a somewhat standard size for lighting. Having 18 inches will give you a huge area to play with.

I think your on the right track and so happy that you'll be joining in on the Riparium fun. Same here - I only noticed them a few months ago and absolutely love my little one. I fear my 20T planted will be replaced with a Riparium soon! I'm finding them to be a bit more fun to tinker around with but still get the benefit of a bit of fauna if you want fish or shrimp. My 8g only has shrimp in it due to only having 4.5 to 5g of water after the substrate was added and the lower water level. Not quite enough room for any fish that don't eat Shrimp.

Anyway - welcome welcome - I'm looking forward to seeing a new Riparium Thread from you soon!


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Thanks so much and I look forward to getting one started.
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Yeah you definately need to dust off that aquarium. I'm not real familiar with overflows, but arent' they usually located at the top of the tank? If so you really don't have anything to worry about. You won't have to fill the tank completely up, and the riparium plants should be able to hide it just fine.
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Yeah...it's in the center of the tank built into the back wall. The over flow is about an inch below the rim so yeah...you are right, it shouldn't be an issue as long as I only fill the tank 1/2 - 3/4 full. I wasn't thinking that before. I'm happy that I won't need to mess with it after all.
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You know what would be a nice in a tank with that shape would be two or three planters with cat palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum) as the main background plant. I have them like that in my 50 and they have grown into really elegant plants.

I need to get some update pictures but this quick shot shows the foliage...



I think you said that you want ot do this as a shrimp tank(??). If you do ever stock it with fish it will actually be beneficial to have it only about 3/4 full because those extra inches of glass will help to keep jumping fish inside. Making the water more shallow can also improve the proportions by making the water area seem relatively deeper and broader.
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That is a nice looking plant. I have been reading your threads and others and I am pretty excited about doing this. Here is a shot of the tank I just dug up out of the basement just to give an idea of dimension...I think it will work out pretty well.

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And yeah...I am thinking primarily inverts though I might consider some fish if I can find something that would be suitable. I have a 75g planted tank now and honestly I find just the plants and snails and few shrimp in there much more appealing than the fish. I have some GlowLight Tetra in the tank and I do like them...but the inverts just seem more tranquil.
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That will be a nice looking Riparium.
For the overflow, check out my 8 gallon nano tank under my signature to see how I changed it into backgroung filtration and heating, that way you can hide the equipments and have more room for the inverts/fish.
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You could probably hang two planters right on the front of that overflow.
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