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bigfish93 01-26-2012 09:56 PM

Hardscaped Tank
I was looking for some Amazon themed tanks on Youtube to get some ideas for my tank, and I came across this video. It has me thinking about doing a hardscaped tank, instead of the heavily planted tank that I had originally planned on doing. I know that hardscaped tanks are more natural for an amazon themed tank, but I think I would get bored of the tank really fast if I didn't have plants to mess with.

dieseldoc 01-26-2012 10:10 PM

I think I would at least have to add some moss to the driftwood.

beetlebz 01-26-2012 10:35 PM

must... have.... in wall..... tank.....

hey what are kidneys going for these days?

anyway, ive always kept my 110g severum tank hardscaped for the most part. Youre right, it just doesnt look right to me anyway without ANY plants. Im in the process now of planting it live (again) against my better judgement.

If you folks ever get the chance, the baltimore aquarium has an amazon river tank thats gotta be 1500 gallons or better. talk about a biotope. Its the same thing though, hardscaped underwater with a few emersed plants, and the banks planted heavily.

stevenjohn21 01-26-2012 10:51 PM

WOW ! they make it look so easy . . . . if only i could set my tanks up in 3.03 minutes ha ha

beetlebz 01-26-2012 11:01 PM

just as a side note..

ever notice how tough it is to find hardy low light plants native to south america? There arent many that I would call "popular", or that you would find at any LFS around here. Maybe theres something to a hardscape after all lol :lol:

Geomancer 01-27-2012 06:44 AM

I'd take one of those lifts for my house...

Can anyone explain the purpose of a sump for a freshwater aquarium? I thought that was a saltwater thing.

beetlebz 01-27-2012 09:42 AM

A sump filter works just as good on a FW aquarium as it does on a saltwater one. The 2 advantages of a sump vs a canister would be flows above 500ish which aside from an FX5 is all you can get out of a canister (roughly). The FX5 is only 900gph (roundabouts) without media. A sump allows you to use whatever size pump and amount of media is correct for the tank.

The second advantage is the media. With a sump you can have a true trickle or wet/dry filter, allowing monster surface area for mech filtration and then over bioballs or whatever you want to use. Marineland even makes a sump with a biowheel in it! As I understand it, the best way to keep nitrifying bacteria colonies healthy is a wet/dry system, be it a biowheel or a trickle filter over bio balls, so it allows the process as much air as it needs.

on a saltwater tank you need the extra room for a refugium, and a place to put your protein skimmer, but everything else works just fine on freshwater!

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