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New tank, odd demensions, need input.

So I picked this tank up yesterday and have a few ideas, but was wondering what ya'll think.I have never seen this tank setup in any way before. It reminds me of a "shallow tray" tank. My biggest concern is going to be filtration.

The dimensions are:
30 inches side to side.
12 inches front to back.
5 inches top to bottom.

That puts it at 7.8 gallons.

Equipment that I have sitting around I could strap to it:
Coralife 2X65watt PC light (16.7 WPG )
Eheim 2234
fully automated CO2 injection with inline reactor
heater if needed, although with the possible lighting going on here a chiller may be needed.

I though a multi. (neolamprologus multifasciatus) tank would be cool, but I already have one of those. Shrimp would be the second obvious answer, but I am more interested in hard scape and planting options. I would also prefer to keep this thing covered as evaporation on such a small tank with big footprint could be a problem.

So, what would you do?

A couple pics to help you understand the dimensions being considered.





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how about other tanganiyka species?
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how about other tanganiyka species?
I have always liked Julidochromis sp. "Kissi"

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Those are really fun dimensions. You could try some pretty unique stuff with that tank. Keep us updated

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I would do this more as a paludarium sort of set up. A couple of inches of substrate does not allow for very much swimming room. Emersed plants might grow a foot or more in height. Perhaps carnivorous plants? Put the light on a tall stand that you can adjust. Low while the plants are small, and pretty much still in the tank, and raise it as the plants grow.
Hardscape can also come up out of the tank. A nice multiple branch of manzanita would suit this tank. I would not go with a heavier stump-looking thing.

Livestock will be quite a problem. Almost anything could jump out of a shallow tank like this with an open top.

Water circulation might be something as small as a table top pump (under 100 gph) and a conceled tube so it trickles down the branch. Or maybe just so it burbles at the surface. The only real filtration will be a floss or sponge over the pump intake to keep out debris.
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You could put this amphibian in it, I forget what it's called, I saw it at my LFS the other day, it was like albino, it had arms and legs, but it's head had like fins off the sides? It had a weird name, like Axolotl or something like that. But I thought those looked very cool and unique.

Uhh, actually, after researching a bit about them, I'm not sure if they need deeper water or what, but maybe other people will have some input about them.


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Wabi Kusa is what I'd do with it.... more precisely Wabi Kusa w/shrimp!

Very cool tank no matter what you decide to do with it
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Wood-plane the top rim off of it and wabi-kusa it up.

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You could put this amphibian in it, I forget what it's called, I saw it at my LFS the other day, it was like albino, it had arms and legs, but it's head had like fins off the sides? It had a weird name, like Axolotl or something like that. But I thought those looked very cool and unique.

Uhh, actually, after researching a bit about them, I'm not sure if they need deeper water or what, but maybe other people will have some input about them.
I think you are talking about an axolrodi (sp?). Very cool,but I don't think this is the proper tank. Good suggestion tough.


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I would get rid of that top rim and then go from there. It can't be needed structurally in such a shallow tank.
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Wabi Kusa is what I'd do with it.... more precisely Wabi Kusa w/shrimp!

Very cool tank no matter what you decide to do with it
AWESOME idea!

Wish I had that tank. It would have first been used as a coral prop tank, and then a Wabi Kusa.

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GREAT tank! Do work son!


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I think you are talking about an axolrodi (sp?). Very cool,but I don't think this is the proper tank. Good suggestion tough.
Axolotl!! I love axolotls , but you're right, this isn't the right tank for them. I agree with g33tar, wabi-kusa looks like the only viable option to me.

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Pacu this would be the perfect life long tank for one. Atleast the first 40 years or so......

j/k nice looking tank though.

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i would say get some nice stone to come above the water line with mosses and maybe ferns, get some shells and its gold occe city.
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