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Old 10-02-2007, 03:37 PM
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I've read a few posts about streams and it seems as though people have used several different strategies that worked. I'm wondering what worked well and why.

Some people have used a false bottom setup and others simply used LECA and some people used GS. Can you please give me any recommendations from your experiences or suggestions as to what is the best way to setup a stream. Any specifics that you can share would be really helpful. I can't wait to do this setup!


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Old 10-02-2007, 04:45 PM
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I'm not sure there is really a 'right' way. All will work to some degree.

IME streams are great for 6-12 months...then the pump clogs, or dies, or the bed is overrun with plants, muck, moss, ect. ect. I've tried it a few times and although I'm always happy with it at first, I have universally given up on them in time...just my experience though, right.

Leaf litter, soil based media, and a nice arrangement of rot 'resistent' woods and your golden. :-)

Invest in good lighting, plants you enjoy looking at, and perhaps a misting system, although with 45+ vivs I still mist by hand.


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The most successful water feature setup I've had was the one in my 75g.
-False bottom to reduce weight and cost.
-Minijet 606 with the intake pointed either on its side or upward, I can't remember. This is to keep it from getting clogged by solid debris.
-Pond with removable sides to I could easily access the pump.

I'd venture to say that the above mentioned water feature was easily my 5th iteration for this tank alone.

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The most successful water feature setup I've had was the one in my 75g.
Mike, when are you going to rebuild that tank? That was/still is one of my all time favorites. If I were you I would do one just like it, it was beautiful.

Nick, on blackjungle's website there is a really neat step by step for stream building. They are master vivarium builders, and their designs are geared towards easy maintenance.
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Thanks for the complement. Unfortunately it's going to be a while. I need to buy a house before I rebuild it. I am not moving that thing again.

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