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Posted by TonyL on May 10, 2003 at 07:30:33:
In Reply to: Need pics of natural tanks for exhibit posted by Colchicine on May 09, 2003 at 21:44:25:
:I am in the middle of creating an exhibit for an 8in Fl Softshell. He is in a 60g tank with a sand substrate and cork bark for basking. Some of the typical ways of creating a natural looking exhibit would be to use live plants, but this is obviously not an option. Any ideas on ways to obscure the 3 sides of tank and staying true to the habitat of a softshell would be great.
I keep a Malaysian softshell in a 75 gal tank with a sand bottom and fake plants. I also have a two pieces of drift wood in the tank if he wants to sun, however he never does. Instead he burrows under the plants in the sand and drags them everywhere. As for the 3 sides of the tank, up until last week, I let algae grow on the three sides, keeping the front clear. I finally cleaned the tank amd will let the algae start growing again. You could do that or buy those paper backgrounds and go that route. As for keeping a natural tank for a softie, well unless the tank is gigantic, the softie will plow everything up. Good luck. Tony