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#1 TimothyHD

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 07:46 AM

I was just thinking how cool it would be to have a riffle tank along the 19' wall of my living room, say 3' deep and 18" high.  Maybe even have it go along 2 walls.  It would be stocked with darters, dace, and (the really impossible part) half a dozen brookies.

 

What's your impossible dream?


Edited by TimothyHD, 30 March 2018 - 07:46 AM.


#2 Chasmodes

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 10:15 AM

That would be a very cool tank indeed.  I've always wanted a Caribbean biotope reef tank with a pair of breeding queen angelfish in there.  I need room for that, not impossible but also not likely.  What would make it impossible would be to have live staghorn coral in there since laws prevent collecting and such.  More possible would be a reef of gorgonians and other soft corals.  Of course, hitting the lotto for a few million could make it possible, albiet a longshot as much as getting struck by lightning while in my house.


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#3 mattknepley

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 12:35 PM

I'd love to have the room and finances to have a fishroom with family history tanks; tanks that were stocked with fish from a particular water that were native to that water at the time my kith and kinresided in proximity to it. GHave tanks representing various biomes, states, countries and continents. (to go along with my genealogy and geography interests.) Did I explain that clear enough? Hadmy right arm worked on Monday, so I'm a 1-armed lefty for a while and typing is ashort duratiobn adventure. I'd also love land enough for al;l kinds of streams and ponds dedicated to various finny endeavors.

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#4 Chasmodes

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 01:16 PM

I'd love to have the room and finances to have a fishroom with family history tanks; tanks that were stocked with fish from a particular water that were native to that water at the time my kith and kinresided in proximity to it. GHave tanks representing various biomes, states, countries and continents. (to go along with my genealogy and geography interests.) Did I explain that clear enough? Hadmy right arm worked on Monday, so I'm a 1-armed lefty for a while and typing is ashort duratiobn adventure. I'd also love land enough for al;l kinds of streams and ponds dedicated to various finny endeavors.

A friend of mine claims to have been hit by lightning twice, and I don't much doubt him. Keep dreamin', fellas!

 

Yep, explained nicely.  Cool idea!  


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#5 MtFallsTodd

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Posted 30 March 2018 - 04:57 PM

After reading this thread I'm measuring my man cave to see what size riffle tank will fit!!!
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#6 swampfish

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Posted 31 March 2018 - 08:52 AM

To make your mouths water even more, visit the post of September 9, 2016 with my photo of the 30 foot double level tank they had at Aquatic Experience in the Chicago area a few years ago. It's posted under Announcements and then Aquarium Experience. I have a 27 foot long living room, but I'd have to close off the front door and it would still be 3 feet too long. Closing off the front door could work as we live in the country and primarily use the back door as do many country folks. However my wife would want to put her Bristol Shubunkin goldfish in it. What a dream killer. I guess I could still use the lower level tank.

 

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#7 Auban

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 04:27 PM

my impossible dream is a large hermetically sealed tank, with heterandria formosa in it.  

 

it would use a combination of wireless power technology and magnets to allow me to manipulate things in the tank.  it would have a sand and crushed coral substrate, slammed full of every kind of worm i can find, and a layer of peat underneath it to feed the worms.  it would have a mesh partition in the middle to keep fish out of the other half.  both sides would have algae in them.  the wireless transfer coils would power a pump to move water from the fish side and spray it over what would essentially be an algae scrubber hanging over the algae side.  i would use powerful rare earth magnets to manipulate the growing surface of the algae scrubber so that i could pull it across a plastic blade every once in a while to clean it off.  

 

the algae side would be a refuge for all of the various primary consumers in the tank, all the critters that would serve as food for the fish.  for food critters, it would have a lot of different kinds.  a few different species of ostracods that all have different behaviors, the worms in the tank, a tiny amphipod i found in one of the local creeks, an odd cladoceran i found living in my pond(its tiny and sticks to the substrate, usually leaning on its side), a tiny snail i found living in my pond that i cant remember the name of...  more that i cant think of right now.  i have the list written out somewhere back home...  its a long list.  about 60 different species of various critters.

 

i would use some UV lights to periodically sanitize the glass in certain areas, then magnetic scrubbers to keep them clean.  i would use some powerful UV cutting lasers to kill off critters/algae/fish in order to control the populations and selectively breed for fish that need less food, grow slower, exhibit lower fecundity, etc.  

 

yeah, im a nerd...


Edited by Auban, 24 May 2018 - 04:28 PM.

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#8 Irate Mormon

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Posted 24 May 2018 - 06:00 PM

I would have my own indoor aquaculture facility.  It needn't be pretty, just a big warehouse with lots of round tanks (preferably with viewing windows) and associated plumbing and stuff.  It would double as an aquaponics facility. 


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