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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-29-2010, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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want to do something 'unique'

So---how do you catch a unique animal? You neek up on it.


Seriously, I am going to have a couple of empty tanks in a month or so after I get my 50g setup ( have to finish the wood floors in that room first--so says wifey )

I would like to do something unique with one or both of them to avoid having a house full of planted freshwater tanks. I have soft acidic water ( pH of around 6.8 or so from tap and kh/gh near zero ) and the two stands for the tanks would fit a 29/37g tank and a 10 or 15 high tank.

Considerations to this point have been ;

Riparium with a 37g tank with approx 29g of water with green neon tetras and a mating pair of kribensis. Using mostly Anubias and Ferns as plants above and below water.

Blackwater riparium in 37g tank--unsure of critters and plants.

Dwarf puffer 10g or 15g high tank.

Riparium in the 29g with what would be equal to a 20g long water area with some wild betta of some sort.--maybe this would be good for the blackwater setup as well?

Shell dweller cichlids?

Brackish tank?

other?
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Hey you know a pretty easy thing to put together would be a riparium for a little collection of emersed crypts. You could grow crypts in hanging planters as background plants, and plant Anubias, Pilea and Windelov Java fern on trellis rafts as midground foliage. The setup that I had in my 55 could be a good model for something like that.



That would be easy to put together and give you a cool result. I would recommend a tank filled to about 1/3 full and with a pretty tight-fitting top to keep humidity inside. If you leave a little bit of a gap in the top along the front edge you can avoid foggy glass most of the time. I suppose you would only have 10 to 15 gallons of water, but that would be fine with nano fish.
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What to keep in your tank and how to set it up are very personal selections. Here are my own thoughts on the subject.

I think the riparium ideas would look nice, but they would also look very much like a planted tank, except you can have plants that live in air.

I just can't get excited about puffers. Although there are many people that love them.

The cichlids would be good but again too much like the other tanks.

The brackish tank sounds interesting. A tank full of green sailfin mollies can be a fantastic sight. So could a tank with several different species of mono's and/or scats.

If money is no object, a SW reef system could be stunning. Done properly, a small tank can be a real gem. I have my reef system next to my planted tank, and fine that I really enjoy the contrast, as do most visitors I have. On one side I have the reef with it's brightly colored fish and corals, looking almost alien contrasted with the planted tank that looks so lush and green.

Another possibility would be to set up a tank where you keep all those fish you can't put in a normal planted tank, or that one oddball fish that needs to be kept more or less alone.
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A local species tank is always fun for awhile and easy as the closest creek or pond. I used to do this quite often when I was a kid and it all repeated when I had kids of my own.

Just grab a seine or light tackle and see what you drag in. If nothing else it could be a temporary summer thing to enjoy while you think of a direction you want to go.


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Blackwater Riparium!!!!!


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You could get some of those funny crypts going in a blackwater riparium setup.
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You could get some of those funny crypts going in a blackwater riparium setup.
What is a 'funny' crypt? I like talking plants and I like jokes---point me in the right direction?
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Do an upside down tank!

Glue the substrate, rocks and plants on a piece of glass the size of the tank opening. Fill the tank with water, then place the glass in the opening.

That would be totally awesome.
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Do an upside down tank!

Glue the substrate, rocks and plants on a piece of glass the size of the tank opening. Fill the tank with water, then place the glass in the opening.

That would be totally awesome.
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S. American black water biotope riparium!

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S. American black water biotope riparium!
Hmm---sounds interesting.

If I did a riparium with a 37g tank it would be like having the water space of a 20 long. Wouldnt have much plant life below the water surface because of the blackwater.

Neon green tetra x11 , albino bristlenose pleco x1 and albino corydoras x5 ( trying to make sure the fish will stand out some with the blackwater. )

Emersed ; swords and vals
Submersed ; ?

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S. American riparium plants-Dieffenbachia sp., Spathaphyllium sp., Echinodurous cordifolius 'marble queen,' and a decent number of Pilea sp. Just to name a couple.

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Here is a great site if you want to research biotopes: http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope_rio_sucasari.htm (offsite)

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Do an upside down tank!

Glue the substrate, rocks and plants on a piece of glass the size of the tank opening. Fill the tank with water, then place the glass in the opening.

That would be totally awesome.
lol, then stock it with upsidown catfish.
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That would be trippy!!!!!

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lol, then stock it with upsidown catfish.
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