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Molinious 01-15-2013 04:08 PM

Challenge for all
 
Aquarium size - 120us gal
Water perameters - p.h 7.2 kh 10 gh 16
Filtration - so far an all pond solution FE2000 plus ( 2000lph)

Im kind of swaying in the direction of rift valley cichilids but i am very open to suggestions

If this aquarium was yours, total free hand on aquascaping, choice of fish and installing a wow factor into it, what would you do?

I know iv asked for suggestions before but this time i want you to use your imaginations and have a bit of fun with it

Nilet699 01-15-2013 04:28 PM

Large biotope. And not am amazon one! Everyone's got one of those.... something out of the ordinary. Like an Alaskan stream, or Indian rice field or British Columbian river. Something a lil, hmmm that's new!

Molinious 01-15-2013 04:31 PM

Well youv hit the nail on the head! Thats the exact reason behind the post, i have so many ideas but cant ,ake my mind up, hopefully someone can trigger that pure idea which sets the inspiration flowing.
What kind of plants, fish, substrate and plants would you use for the idea tho?

Nilet699 01-15-2013 04:36 PM

God knows - but it's a biotope so you'd have to research the area..... and only use the plants and fish that actually grow there.....hence biotope.... which I cant say which ones as its area dependent.....

Molinious 01-15-2013 04:38 PM

I definately wouldnt do a british 1, dont think i could fit a shopping trolley, an old pushchair and floating beer cans in it for the decor :O)

Nilet699 01-15-2013 04:48 PM

This is a Cambridge river/stream biotope....

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Molinious 01-15-2013 04:53 PM

thankyou it does look quite pleasant but i was just messing around with the comment about the british 1.
It does look nice but doesnt stand out all to much

Besides my search for inspiration this thread could turn into an inspiration for alot of people, really delving into the minds of the gifted and passionate.

I was thinking of going up to the pennines and lifting a few big rocks for aquascaping purposes, the large ones to buy are silly numbers and im sure i could find one or 2 lying around that wont harm the environment

JDM 01-15-2013 09:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Molinious (Post 1391975)
I definately wouldnt do a british 1, dont think i could fit a shopping trolley, an old pushchair and floating beer cans in it for the decor :O)

I wouldn't suggest my local river either... we have a diving cleanup day in the canal here and your list is literally just a start. Even diving the big river I've seen some really crappy crap on the bottom. Aquarists of the future may just have tanks that include some of that junk as the fish do actually use it.

Moving freshwater.

If I were going big, 120Gal long... cut out the ends and put a sump system in with some heavy duty pumping action and do a fast flowing rocky stream with flowing grass plants, crayfish would have to be skittering along the bottom, small standing waves. Or two tanks side by side lengthwise, one feeds the other using power heads to create a circular flow, maybe even just one tank with a divider made of a small rock wall. You would have eddies in the corners....

Fish.... not sure about that, the moving water and flowing plants have got my attention without the fish.

OK, so I got carried away there for a moment.

Jeff.

jentralala 01-16-2013 12:15 AM

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.

JDM 01-16-2013 05:56 AM

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Originally Posted by jentralala (Post 1392519)
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.

Jeff.


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