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the riparium quandary. .. what to do...

I have three spare aquariums. I have a 15g aqueon column, a 20 long and a 40b.
For lighting , im leaning towards nickel plated antique looking desk lamps wth cfs. Id use one for the column, two for the 20l and three for the 40b.... I thought the lamps would add a sophisticated look and I can spotlight. I will also have under water LEDs to highlight the fish and maybe prvide a light source for any submersed plants.

If I go with the 15g column, it'll house a single over the top high end betta and maybe a few african dwarf frogs. Ill use one lamp with a 35w compact flourscent.

If I use the 20 long,,, I'll want a single dominant fish.. I like flowerhorns, but this is too small. Ill do some research.. silver dollars come to mind as do a couple south American cichlids of some sort that won't outgrow a 20. Puffers could be cool,, expensive but way cool Ill use two lamps.

If I go wit the 40B.. im leaning towards a really dramatic flowerhorn. Maybe a puffer and something else that's compatible.

I've already ordered the underwater LEDs and im going to make hanging baskets out of ss mesh ... cut folded and stapled to shape, utilizing magnets to fasten to the sides... I bought several sizes of undergravel planters as well,, but those , most if not all, are going in my goldfish tank.

I'm open for opinions and suggestions

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First of all, none of those tanks are big enough for silver dollars or flowerhorns. Both of those get to at least 5-6 inches with the FH's most likely getting bigger. My suggestion would be to use the 40B for dwarf cichlids like rams or apistos. I would also stay away from silver dollars if you want it to be a planted tank, they are vegan piranhas. A well planted 40B with a pair of GBR's , 6 oto's, and a small school of say 7-8 rummynose tetras would look good. Most people keep puffers in a species type tank, as they can and will pick on other fish and such.


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Not sure what im going to do,, iwant this to be all about the plants being center focus. The drama of the separation of plants on top and cleanwater on the bottom. The fish is just the accessory. Maybe a couple bichirs with the some stem plants distributed evenly. I'm leaning toward the columb, so as to not lose visual focus on the plants. Besides ive never owned a truly high quality betta before.


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As I said before, you can do a killer rep with your 15g - a veritable vase of plants. Just perfect for what you want to do. But hey, just my opinion.

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that 15g column tank is an interesting shape, and imo would work quite well for a riparium.
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As I said before, you can do a killer rep with your 15g - a veritable vase of plants. Just perfect for what you want to do. But hey, just my opinion.

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Ive started on it,, but wanted to throw my other options out there, in case one other option might wrk better,,
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