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Old 11-12-2004, 09:24 PM   #1
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Rivertanks, anyone got one or got any advice?

My kids want me to make them a river tank. I plan to use the the Rivertank Ecosystem insert. I know it's not perfect, but easier than building everything myself. Does anybody have this type of setup or any advice? I've kept aquariums for years so am not looking for basic info., just info. regarding river tanks.
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Old 11-13-2004, 01:12 AM   #2
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The following link is about Biotopes, including river biotopes. I'm not sure if it is what you are looking for, but I hope it helps
http://www.mongabay.com/fish/biotope.htm
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Old 11-13-2004, 09:34 AM   #3
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What kind of things are you planning on putting in the tank?
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I don't have an answer for you (sorry) but I am very interested in your project. Could you keep us up to date on it, if you decide to proceed. Pics would be cool too!
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Neat article there menagerie
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Thanks for the site, Menagerie.

Regarding species, the fish will be small. Terrestrial creatures will likely include frogs, salamanders and such. Most if not all of the plants will be planted in the substrate (few if any aquatic plants). I'm really not trying to mimic a particular river ecosystem, though that sounds intriguing. I really just want something for the kids to enjoy. I kept reef tanks for 7 or 8 years and have also kept freshwater tanks. I got completely out of the hobby almost a year ago. Ever since, the kids have begged me to get them a tank of their own. I thought a river ecosystem setup would be good for them as they could keep both fish and amphibians/reptiles. They really jumped on the idea and have bugged me ever since.

I plan to go with a 30 gal tank as that will be pretty small and easy to care for, but will be large enough to keep several animals.
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I have 2 different river tanks. Check them out in my sig.
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as in animals suitable in a river tank
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If you are going to have amphibians in there, they produce way too much waste to support fish in the water section--unless you plan on doing 90% weekly water changes on it.

I have toads, pond frogs, tree frogs & african clawed frogs (covering the lower, middle & upper portions of the tank). You also have to be carful when adding frogs/newts w/toxic skins.
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The frogs will be small. Tree frogs and such. I've found a site or two which list good animals for a river tank. I'm not going to try to keep anything difficult or expensive.

Pufferpunk, did you make your own river tanks or did you use a pre-made insert like that from River Ecosystems?
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