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Deep Blue 80G Rimless Riparium

Discussion in 'Ripariums & Paludariums' started by hydrophyte, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. hydrophyte

    hydrophyte Moderator Staff Member

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    Deep Blue 80G Rimless Riparium

    I have a new project in the works. I have been pondering another larger riparium setup for a while. I was planning to used a de-rimmed standard 75G filled to about 2/3 full, but then somebody suggested a shallow frag tank as a nice option for this kind of setup.

    Deep Blue Professional manufactures both a 60G and an 80G frag tank on the same footprint as a standard 120 (24" X 48"). These tank would be perfect for open-top riparium setups, with lots of room for plants and fish. Here's the link to the 80G product page on their site...

    http://www.deepblueprofessional.com/rimless.html

    I had hardly heard of Deep Blue before. I guess they market primarily to reef hobbyists. We are working on ordering the tank. I hope that we can get one built without the filter box.

    For an idea of the scale of a tank like this, here's an picture of the 120 that I made a long time ago.

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    As you can see that one was only about 40% full of water. We had some Mexican livebearers in it.

    I have a few ideas for plant & fish themes for this new project. My current favorite notion is for an India or Myanmar river with loaches, barbs and danios. I have also wondered about doing a South America setup. A real broad sandy bottom would look really cool with a big shoal of cories.

    There are lots of plants that could look good with a tank like this. Some of the riparium plants that grow a bit larger to 36" or so would proportion nicely with a four foot tank. I probably won't try to make an authentic plant biotope, but instead just use nice, robust plants that look good together. I recently got a bunch of new cat palm (Chamaedorea catraractarum) plants and they would be good riparium background foliage for this project. Here is a shot of my 50G from a couple of years ago when I had it planted with cat palm and other tropical stuff.

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    Thanks for reading. I'll try to have some updates pretty soon.
     
  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    hydrophyte

    If that water was a bid dirty I would think I was up a river in Tropical Australia its so realistic.

    Keith:):)
     
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  3. greenfinger 2

    greenfinger 2 Active Aquascaper

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    Hi hydrophyte, OMG,, Just Stunning ,Simply Stunning :rolleyes: I have fallen in love With this :cool::cool: Update soon please:)
     
  4. kisanjong

    kisanjong New Member

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    Beautifully done :)
     

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