This is the tank I have now:
[20 long, dirt+sand substrate, mangroves, endler guppies, ghost shrimp]
I would love for my mangroves to shove out some nice prop roots, so I'd like to upgrade this tank to have tides. I really really don't want to strip this tank down, so this project can't involve drilling this tank or anything like that.
I don't want to mess around with pumps on timers, solenoids, or anything like that. I don't need perfectly replicated tides - just some sort of water level change that's enough to stimulate prop root growth.
So I came up with this:
Water is constantly pumped out of display tank into the reservoir tank. When reservoir tank is filled to a certain level, it is emptied back into the display tank by a bell siphon. If the bell siphon fails for any reason, an overflow drains directly into the display.
I am planning on using 3/4" PVC pipe.
Reservoir will be ~8 gallons.
1) I don't have a lot of time or money for projects right now, so I really want to make sure I get this right the first time. Do you guys see anything that could go wrong with this?
2) What's the cheapest way for me to make the reservoir?
- I don't have enough 1/4" acrylic to make the whole thing. Plywood sides?
- Can I use a store bought 10 gallon? Can those even be drilled?
Thanks so much for reading all of this!