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Hi all, need your opinions and ideas on how to improve this new tank. I got it used and came with this "strange" cover that works "perfect" for an emersed section.


As of now the tank only has a single bulb lamp (don´t know what kind of lamp but actually looks like a plant lamp - its kind of pink). Tank is 120cm long by 40cm wide and 50 cm tall.

Got the tank specially for the red hook silver dollar (the famous gift from my other threads that of course was totally unsuitable for the planted tank). His company includes a group of 15 red eye tetras and 4 baby silver dollars (which will move away when they grow). Tank only has 3 sword plants, the only ones the dollar leaves alone, he eats everything else.

This is the red hook.. he´ll outgrow the tank but that´s what I can offer him for the time being...


Now to the emersed part. I was thinking on placing a glass shelf along the tank and placing "pots" (right now I used a long tupperware) with the emersed plants on top of it, then disguise the pots with something to give it a natural look. Right now I have 3 emersed swords doing quite well to my surprise, a wendtii crypt that pretty much melted in the planted tank but it´s coming back nicely emersed and a bunch of limnophila sessiflora.

Question is, can I keep the plants in the pots (roots can´t touch the tank water because the dollars will eat them), how often should I change water / add fertz etc to the emersed pots?

What kind of lighting do you recommend and please share your ideas!

Thanks!
 

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Interesting...I actually had a similar idea, but mine was more like keeping my 55 full and having emersed plants in hangers along the back like a riparium, so that they grow up out the top of the tank. I'll have to follow this one and see how it works for you.
 

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Thanks, let´s see what ideas people have, I really want to consider other´s opinions before jumping in! Ideally I would like to have a little emersed jungle on top with maybe plants hanging down in the water. The lid is over 5 inches tall so I will probably be limited to shorter plants (the swords will probably outgrow and reach the top in weeks)
 

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That looks interesting to follow up and get some ideas! thanks.

Here´s a pic of what I have emersed so far


Hydrophyte you think the tupperwares will work well for pots? I´ve seen the rafts you use but since the roots would be exposed in the water, the Silver Dollar would probably munch them and kill the plant.

I used seachem fluorite as substrate in the tupper, filled it with water and added some fertz but that´s about it. Since this water is stagnant I´m probably going to have to replace weekly with water from the tank to keep it from rotting away...
 

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I´m sorry I haven´t posted an update yet. Unfortunately after the 100 gal tank broke this tank has been serving as a "fish house" totally overcrowded with my group of Angels, corys and plecos.

So far the only news is that the red hook now has 3 siblings and he is now totally happy and outgoing. The top now has 3 emersed pots, the one in the pic with the amazon swords, one with a couple of anubias barteri nana and a wendtii cript and the third one has hygro, and a couple of unknown houseplants that a friend at work had with the roots underwater.

As soon as the 100 gal is back in shape the tank will be taken care of. On the good side is that the amazon swords in the tank are ignored by the silver dollars and have a lot of new growth!
 
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