01-16-2013, 05:56 AM
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Originally Posted by jentralala
Hey Jeff, how much would it cost to have you come build that for me, because I am in love with that idea.
If I had a tank that big I'd probably go the route of a paludarium. Maybe even mudskippers, although then you begin to delve into the world of brackish water.
I would do some sort of land area that overhangs and shelters part of the tank, with frogs and newts. And then for fish have some lovely schoolers, nothing too big though.
Well, I am going to Florida next month....
I actually woke up with more ideas along that line that would make the whole thing actually workable. There would be a fast water to Stillwater ratio (1:3 maybe. The narrower fast water is easier to generate than wide and the backside could be a sand Stillwater environment as most fish don't always stay int the fast anyway.... That gives you the opportunity for overhanging wood or rock shelves, varied Stillwater plants like lily pads and mosses. It would be a full walk around tank... Probably need to be a custom square unit but a bow back, or even bow front and back (cheaper then round) would serve the still water idea better and be more interesting. The power heads on the fast side could be hidden amoungst the rocks to let you use multiple smaller units to keep the flow constant rather then a larger unit at one end... And create fake standing waves. The double bow allows the water to flow easier with a smoother transition from fast to still.
Anyway, it would work, I've no idea of what fish would be best. We happen to have this next door as we have a canal with the fast water bypass so the transition is linear. In our case, bass, perch, pike... various minnows. here i could stock right from the river and release if the fish got too large. there are turtles and various other non-fish water dwellers and a selection of crayfish and the like.
It would be an interesting project, that's for certain. I doubt this fits the OPs idea but its fun thinking it through jut the same.