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37 gallon rimless

Okay, so someone gave me a 37 gallon tank that had a busted center brace. Naturally I took the rim off.

Now, what do I do with it? Obviously I won't be filling it all the way, but I want to do something simple with it. Maybe some driftwood with immersed plants? Any suggestions? I don't particularly want to add any equipment to the setup (except perhaps a circulation pump).
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Unless u're filling it half way otherwise u're waiting for problems.
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I was actually thinking of only doing about 6" of water above the substrate.
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What are the tank dimensions and how thick is the glass? The tank might work filled with water if it's not too tall. You might want to clean and reseal the vertical seams.

A tank like that could be nice for a riparium setup.
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30 L x 12 W x 22.5 H
Glass is about 3/16" thick
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Yeah that's pretty tall. If the seams are in good shape you could probably fill it about 2/3 full. Having a few inches of extra glass above the water is actually kind of handy for an open tank because it helps to keep fish inside.

Here's a shot of my 50G that I have set up like that. It is just an Aqueon tank and I popped the top rim.

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That is a stunning tank!

The 37 gallon is in pretty good shape, I'm just nervous about putting that much water in it. The last thing I need is a floor full of water. I thought about putting a eurobrace on it if I can find some glass that will work for it, but I don't know if I've got the time to put into that right now.
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If I do a riparium, what do you think about dirting it? I've never done dirt before, but it seems like it wouldn't be too aweful to set up.
I'm also thinking maybe using a couple of CFLs for lighting.
Idk though.
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If I do a riparium, what do you think about dirting it? I've never done dirt before, but it seems like it wouldn't be too aweful to set up.
I'm also thinking maybe using a couple of CFLs for lighting.
Idk though.
If you use very many riparium plants then there isn't much point to using topsoil. Because of the shade cast by the riparium plants you will only be able to plant underwater plants up at the front of the underwater area. It would be easier and smarter to just use a single kind of substrate.

You can get real good light for plants from CFLs, especially if they are fresh. Be sure to select the "cool daylight" lamps with color temperature 6,000K or 6,500K.

The more common "warm daylight" CFLs have more green and orange in the spectrum and plants do not grow as well or look as good under this light.
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So just an update on the tank:

It has taken a bit of work to clean up the sloppy silicone and now I need to finish it with a skim coat.
The unfinished top edge of the glass has been fixed by using some 220 grit sandpaper followed by a 600 grit wet sand. Now I'm going to finish the edge with some high gloss polishing compound (as soon as I can find the screw-end bit for the felt wheels for my dremel).
After that I'm going to give the tank a good scrub with some medium stripping pads to remove some old algae and mineral deposits.
I have a ton of stuff going on right now, but hopefully I can get this thing together within the next couple of weeks.

It's definitely going to be a riparium. I think I can get away with a small heater and a circulation pump. I have a couple of african dwarf frogs that are becoming a nuisance in my 10 gallon tank (I'm pretty sure they took a claw off of my CPO > so they have to go). If I make them happy I don't think they'll try to get out. Other than them, I was thinking about maybe putting some danios or white clouds in there. If I keep the tank at 72 everyone should be fine.

For plants I'm giving thought to some of these:
Equisetum scorpoides
Zephyranthes
Pogonatherum crinitum
Spathiphyllum
Maybe some sort of mangrove
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