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  • #301204

    Gert
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    Because I moved to a other city, I sold my 1.20m tank and bought a 1.60m tank for it instead.
    The tank measurements are: 160x50x50cm.
    I got the idea to make a riparium after looking for info about the Copella arnoldi. I wanted to keep these beautiful fishes a long time a go but after reading that these fishes will come more appropriate in a riparium instead of a full aqaurium, I started to make a plan for how to set up the right tank for them. The water area will be 160x50x20/max. 25cm (lxdxh).
    Decoration underwater:
    Small Echinodorus plants
    Hydrocotyle leucocephala
    Spiderwood
    Oak and beech leaves

    Decoration above water:
    Philodendron scandens
    Vriesea
    Davalia bulata
    Moss and some more plants
    Liana and some wood

    The fishes that are going to swim in it are:
    2m 5f Dicrossus maculatus
    2m 6f Copella arnoldi
    6 Hypoptopoma
    3 Hemiloricaria eigenmanni
    1 pair Laetacara curviceps
    and if there is still some place over there will be a school of 25 Nannostomus unifasciatus or eques in it.

    There will be no land animals like frogs are other creatures.

    Because I will take a slow time on this project I decided to try to make my own background for the tank. For the land area I will later on use Epiweb or fernroot plates.

    I am still looking for what kin of lightning I will use above the tank. I think I want to use 1 70W HQI with 2 T5 or T8 TL lubes and make them dimming.

    Now some photo’s:

    This is how the tank looked like before I worked on it:

    After sanding and removing the background:

    After two paint layers:

    Start of making a part for the waterfall where I later on will make a root structure on it with PUR foam:

    Start of making my own root:

    Total of how far I am now:

    Any tips or ideas are more then welcome.

    #341690

    Colin
    Participant

    nice project! Looking forward to seeing how this shapes up

    #341695

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Yeah looks fantastic so far! How does it work with the polystyrene? Does all that stay in the tank?

    #341698

    Gert
    Participant

    I’m not sure if al the polystyrene stays in the tank. Maybe I will remove the polystyrene above the red line. The red line indicates the maximum water level of the tank. For the background above water I want to use Epiweb or fernroots plates or granulate, haven’t figured it out yet.
    The root section will stay at that point. The rest of the polystyrene will get more depth by cutting a way some parts or adding more parts.

    Instead of using HQI light and T5 or T8 TL lubes, I will going to use LED lights.
    I will use a 10W LED construction lamp (similar to 100W halogen) of 6000K and on both sides of the 10W LED construction lamp one Power LED with GU10 fitting.

    #341701

    Stefan
    Member

    Now that’s Dutch quality! Ziet er erg mooi uit joh!

    #341705

    Gert
    Participant

    Thanks Stefan

    #341708

    Matt
    Keymaster

    So you coat the poly in something later?

    #341726

    Gert
    Participant

    Yes the Poly gets a coating together with a colouration.

    #341735

    Plaamoo
    Participant

    Great looking project Gert! Look forward to watching it progress. Could you please give some info on the product you will use to coat the foam? Thanks!

    #341736

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Haha Jim pre-empted my next question!

    #341741

    Gert
    Participant

    There are two ways to coat the Poly so far I know.
    I hope I got the right English words for it, not sure if the things are called the same.

    * Using Tile adhesive and then Exopy resin to finish it
    or
    * Using Elastopur and pigment or turf or fernroots granulate mixed with it.

    I haven’t figured out which way I will take but will let you guy’s know what I will do.

    #344438

    Gert
    Participant

    Been a while since I’ve posted an update of this tank. Meanwhile this tank is almost ready.
    I’ve changed the background and added a lot of real wood in the tank. The background is coated with Elastopur mixed with some brown colour pigment and sand. Her are some pictures of the background when I coated it:


    Here a picture of the background in the tank:

    #344439

    Gert
    Participant

    Here with the wood and sand:

    Her with water in the tank but no lights above it, water level is 35 cm:

    Here some details of the tank:




    Plants that I will use in this tank are:
    3 Echinodorus radicans
    few Hydrocleis nymphoides
    Eichhornia azurea or diversifolia
    Maybe some South American moss for the stream. (any ideas which moss is perfect for it?)

    Above water:
    Philodendron scandens

    This is what I had in mind for the fish:

    2m 5f Dicrossus maculatus
    2m 6f Copella arnoldi
    25 Nannostomus unifasciatus
    6 Hypoptopoma thoracatum
    4a5 Hemiloricaria teffeana or sp. Amazonia

    Maybe when there is some space left I will add some Taeniacara candidi and maybe a L183 or L264.

    #344441

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Looking very good indeed.

    #344442

    Gert
    Participant

    The sand that I am using is just filter sand.
    For the plants I will use clay to put it at the roots of the plants.

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