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Old 08-09-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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New ways to build... Stacking aquariums to create latge build

For my fifth (and final....?) aquarium I want to try something different. Have done a paludarium already but want to take it to the next level. Have two 20 gals lying around begging to be used. Goal is to give a unique perspective: you're looking at a riverbank underwate (rocks driftwood tree roots coming out of riverbank walls) and as your eyes travel upwards you can see into a 3d rainforest, as opposed to traditional vivariums with plants just on the back wall. Terrestrial area will have ground, sides, back and ceiling plants.

Two tanks: 20 gal tall on bottom, 20 gal long on top with the opening turned to face the viewer. 20 tall is the aquarium, 20 long is the terrestrial area. Yes, the long is slightly longer than the top of the tall but this can be remedied with plants to hide the edges.

The lip of the opening of the 20 long will rest and be sealed along the top back edge of 20tall. A custom built box will be underneath the 20 long as the support piece and to house equipment. Goal will be to essentially fuse the tanks together to resemble one ecosystem - Orinoco river biotope.

The 20 long on top will be a terrestrial area resembling a river bank - water feature that will trickle into bottom tank, drip wall, plants, soil, rocks, etc. much like you see in a vivarium for tree frogs. This section will be left open.

Bottom tank, the 20 tall, will act as the aquarium section. Will have filter hidden behind DIY background, roots extending down into water, plants, driftwood, and will home 2 German or Bolivian rams, 4-5 corydoras, 2-3 otos, possibly 5-7 small tetra species, will have to check on the bio load.

Lighting fixtures - a few ideas. Clip on lighting, hanging t5's off the shelving that is above where im going to put this tank for the aquarium part. The terrestrial area will have 2 circular high power low heat lights mounted to the top of the 20 long( formerly the side) and will shine through the glass which will give high lighting to the terrestrial plants.

Supplies- great stuff, aquarium sealant, drylok, quikrete coloring, lighting, flora and fauna, black latex paint(to paint outside tank to hide sealant and gs foam application sites, driftwood, tubing, filter, cocofiber, pool sand, rocks, filter, heater, water pump (for drip wall and water feature).... And more

Opinions on this project or possible attempts at this same idea?
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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I am following this sounds like an incredible idea can't wait to see it turn out what fish are you planning
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Gbr's corydoras otos and possibly a small school of smaller tetras bleeding hearts maybe
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Wow this sounds awesome! Following!!!
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Gbr's corydoras otos and possibly a small school of smaller tetras bleeding hearts maybe
Very nice choices are all these from that river
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Absolutely. A biotope tank, and in this case paludarium, uses all flora and fauna found within the one region. Well a true biotope is anyways... I've done one before and put plants in it that weren't from the biotope I was doing. ADA has done biotope rating tanks in the past and are ridiculously strict about it, right down to particular strains of plants and subatrates
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Very basic diagram of the side view of the tanks for visual purposes if my explanation wasn't clear
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Absolutely. A biotope tank, and in this case paludarium, uses all flora and fauna found within the one region. Well a true biotope is anyways... I've done one before and put plants in it that weren't from the biotope I was doing. ADA has done biotope rating tanks in the past and are ridiculously strict about it, right down to particular strains of plants and subatrates
Very nice and your layouts does help make more of a visual on a how it would look this is going to be very cool on how it'll turn out
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Ok here's to possible driftwood set ups. My driftwood placement will be the deciding factor on the rest of the set up so it will take me a week or so to go through all the combos. I have some smaller pieces, but these are the 2 big ones. Likewise, I have rock slabs (rough, not like slate or river stones) that will be used where the 2 tanks meet to 1) hide the seam 2) create a small trickle effect from the top tank water feature, 3) allow small pools of water to form where plants/moss can grow and possibly even snails hang out (hopefully snails will stay there and not explore my apartment)

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2 big pieces. Supposed to look like a dead tree coming out of the water and then a cypress stump in the terrestrial tank.


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Supposed to look like a tree stump on the terrestrial area with its roots sticking out of the underwater river bank. Of course the background of the lower tank will be scraped/great stuffed to look like a muddy river bank. Likewise, the top left corned of the bottom tank would be filled in with the aforementioned rocks/ great stuff to help hide the break. (This driftwood was deliver sawn in half, but it actually work out because it gives me more room to play around with it, as it essentially becomes 2 pieces)

Anyway enough rambling. Which setup of driftwood do y'all like better?

Thanks, Nick
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