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  1. #11

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    Cool idea. I hope you document it as you build it!

    To answer your question about stocking, you do have 85 gallons of water so you can stock to that level, but consider the amount of space that is actually available in any one direction. So you could stock as many fish as you would in 85 gallons of water, but you will want to avoid any species that wouldn't be comfortable living in a 35 or 50 gallon tank. Your bala shark is going to be a problem when it gets bigger, but you already know this.
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    Phew! I'm relieved you didn't mean what I feared!

    The bala shark will be an issue (and you don't want it getting stuck in the bridge as it grows). How bad is the deformity. I would be concerned that it might begin to suffer as it matures and grows. It'd be very difficult to assess its pain, if not, impossible. I'm not saying you should euthanise it just on this basis...but it would always be a consideration if it were mine. Tricky thing to justify either way.
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    Its not too bad like a small zig zag - but still noticeable, and it hasn't changed over the last year since he got it, so it's not getting progressively worse and the fish isn't lethargic or in anyway having trouble swimming and remains an avid eater... I'l continue to watch it closely while it grows, but you're right it's almost impossible to judge pain :(
    Yes I shall try and document as I go :)
    I was thinking, would fish understand how to swim vertically up the entrance of the bridge? and would they consciously seek out the bridge to travel from tank to tank, or do you think they will only cross when they stumble across the entrance to swim inside? :)
    I'm having some trouble finding some kind of clamping system to keep the bridge stable and attached to the tank, any ideas? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odicombe View Post
    I've sourced my pipework!
    I am looking forward to following you build. It is a very cool idea!

    Quote Originally Posted by Odicombe View Post
    I've Thought of 3 solutions for the overflow issue:
    1. I'm going to place the input to the canister near the waters surface- so that if the bridge were to loose water then, there wouldn't be too much overflow - this shouldn't compromise on filtration/water flow as i will have a canister running in each tank (an eheim and fluval 405) while running the other between the two tanks.
    I really like your first solution. Very simple, effective and elegant. The only possible drawback is the risk of your filter running dry, I don't know if this could harm the filter? Still, this is just a measure to prevent a "catastrophe" in case of emergency, and if your bridge openings are low enough in the tank it should never come into play. In terms of placing the bridge openings, remember to take into account the drop in water level that happens during water changes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brhino View Post
    To answer your question about stocking, you do have 85 gallons of water so you can stock to that level, but consider the amount of space that is actually available in any one direction. So you could stock as many fish as you would in 85 gallons of water, but you will want to avoid any species that wouldn't be comfortable living in a 35 or 50 gallon tank. Your bala shark is going to be a problem when it gets bigger, but you already know this.
    +1 This makes sense!

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    Thank you! yes I've decided to go with that one - because id rather have a damaged filter than a flooded floor :)

    Ok, so today I decided to Drain the 50g- because I wanted to change to sand substrate :) Another reason being the juwel background is thick with a sort of black algae thats sort of died and stuck to it, and i was wondering if anyone had a good method for removing that kind of thing? :)
    I've also ordered the corners for the pipework!
    Also does anyone have any experience with Hoplo catfish? :)
    and whether they'd be ok with this kind of design? :)

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    Vinegar is my tried and tested aquarium cleaner. If you're draining the tank you can soak some kitchen paper and slap it onto the back of the tank. Leave it for a couple of hours and then rinse it off and scrub it. You'll find the vinegar has loosened most of it and it'll come off easily. This works extremely well for limescale too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brhino View Post
    Cool idea. I hope you document it as you build it!

    To answer your question about stocking, you do have 85 gallons of water so you can stock to that level, but consider the amount of space that is actually available in any one direction. So you could stock as many fish as you would in 85 gallons of water, but you will want to avoid any species that wouldn't be comfortable living in a 35 or 50 gallon tank. Your bala shark is going to be a problem when it gets bigger, but you already know this.
    Very interesting thread.

    What if for a day or so all the fish decide to stay in one tank? I think you should stock it based on the 50 gal alone, just to make sure they have enough room. Just my opinion.
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    Thank you firefly! I've put it on and I'm just going to leave it for a while :)
    Yes that's what I'm worried about, I'm going to get them all up and running and see how they use the pipe and how they space themselves between tanks, before I continue stocking ... Hopefully they will use it to get around as planned, since its not too long and not too high, and has a large internal diameter of 11 cm - so they have room for turning and for groups to move through :)
    I also plan on keeping large groups of tetras, so that if the group were to separate themselves between tanks, then there should be enough on each side for them to feel safe, and tetras don't grow too large so wont outgrow the pipe :)

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    So everything is ordered and due to arrive next week :)
    What's everyone's favourite fish for a planted tank?

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    Harlequin rasbora look great against a planted backdrop.

    I've just got a school of 23 false penguin tetra which are tight schoolers and very active. They're my favourites at the moment.

    Cherry barbs are low (bottom half) swimmers and do not really school - very peaceful though.

    I saw some copper tetra in the LFS the other day - some sort of variant on the silvertip tetra. They are very pretty.

    Glowlight tetra and black neon tetra are also very nice.
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