Really random idea

Does anyone know anything about connecting aquariums together? I think that in the end the "aquariums" will end up being random objects that hold water like blender jars, etc., but I was also interested in whether anyone has examples of aquariums joined (as in the fish can swim between the two aquariums) with tubing of some kind?

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pcunite6 years ago
CrLz6 years ago
The Carnegie Science Museum in Pittsburgh had one of the coolest multi-tank setups I've ever seen.  Essentially 4 big tanks connected by acrylic tubes/bridges.  Each tank corresponded to different locations on a coral reef:
Fore Reef: The high-energy zone. Waves from the open ocean hit here first, creating the most surge or water movement. The light is dimmest here because of the water's depth and the waves creating bubbles that temporarily create shade. Animals must be strong swimmers or must instinctively make their homes in darker waters to live here.
Back Reef: The activity zone. More species of animals live here than anywhere else in the reef. The environment is brighter and the water shallower than is the case in the fore reef, providing an ideal home for many coral reef animals.
Lagoon: The calmest part. There is little wave action here and light levels are at the highest intensity. The lagoon's calm, shallow waters provide a stable environment for a unique group of plants and animals.
Mangrove: The natural breeding ground and nursery. In this transitional area between land and aquatic ecosystems, there are fluctuating levels of light and calm waters. The long sea grasses and mangrove tree roots provide plenty of hiding places that make this an ideal environment for sea horses.

From http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/Default.aspx?pageId=206
Each tank had a bucket that would fill and tip into the tank, simulating natural wave conditions for the reef area. The fish/fauna would aggregate in the reef areas (tanks) most natural to their home environments. Wish I could share photos, but I couldn’t find any online.
deth2all8 years ago
i went to a pet store, and they had 4 l-shaped 300 gallon tanks making a square with a foot wide pipe between each tank, twas neat to see tanks and stuff swimming through them
Where is this? I would love to see it.
Monkeezuma7 years ago
I was wanting to hook up 2 tanks that are on top of each other. Before starting and wasting the material. I wanted to know if anyone thought that this might not work. Here's a very crude outline of what I am wanting to do.
aquarium Hookup.jpg
Sorry to say but unless the bottom tank is air tight, this will not work. As soon as the pipe is filled with water, you will syphon out the top tank into the bottom and will overflow. However if it is air tight, it might well work as there is no place for air and water to go. The easier thing to do is to hook them up horizontally but make sure that no water levels are above the tops of any other container. Good luck and post pics of the finished project.
The difference in height would make water get sucked out of the top one and cause the bottom one to overflow until the water clears the opening of the top pipe. They need to be at the same height for this to work.
That was what I was thinking. I was thinking that the pipe going to the ground might keep it from doing that by redirecting the force. But, I believe that to be wishful thinking. Thanks for the reply. I am still wanting to do something similar. Any ideas?
Is the pipe going to the ground open or closed? Either way, it still wouldn't work if the tanks are at different levels. They need to be at the same level for this to work.
Mothys7 years ago
Well good luck = )
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