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Stupidly ambitious build
My family business is pet shops and i've had fish for 10 years.
I have decided to be completely stupid with my tank and do something really ambitious since I've moved out. I'm getting basic community fish, mainly shrimps, plecs and some little colourful fellas. Everything super peaceful.
Because I like huge plants but I don't like thin and deep aquariums I went with a different shape.
Sooooooooooo I got a friend to make me a tank shaped like the letter L but turn it 90degrees right and so there is a deep and shallow end. Don't worry the glass is super thick and it has had water in for 3 weeks now whilst I do some water flow tests, I'm not even considering fish or plants yet till I figure out the plan.
It is 1.1m deep and 1.2 wide but the shallow end will be 60cm deep. The problem I forsee is filtration. At the deep end I want huge plants, I'm not even sure how big plants can go, ive seen 80cm plants for sale so happy with that at worst. I will get co2 diffusers and loads of lighting for the deep end.
However I'm worried about water flow so what is everyones thoughts of this working? I will have a sump tank but i'm thinking of having a second seperate filter to help with water flow inside the tank and filtration at the deep end. I will probably also get another pump that move the water around so it flows properly.
I'm not made of money but i've been collecting returns for a while haha.
At the deep end have a stupid amount of gravel for the plants (I will disguise tank depth with the cabinet at the bottom so it doesn't look daft) and then use an under gravel filter at that bit with outlet being higher up the tank.
Have an internal box filter in the shallow end but put the outlet at the deep end so water will flow, Im hoping the gravity will be enough to get the flowing quick enough with the tube being 1m+
At 1.1m deep I can't really get down to clean the gravel regularly. I've got a long stick with some spoons on the end for turning the gravel to unsettle it but it needs to be heavily filtered at that depth I am guessing.
Any ideas? How do other people get around this problem with really deep tanks?
Thanks in advance