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Old 03-02-2006, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning a paludarium to be set up in a 38g tank (footprint = 36"Lx12"W). One of the questions I have is wether there is a minimum depth that one should fill the tank to I was thinking 6-7" (tank is 19"H). I am thinking of keeping fish such as cherry barbs, pearl/blue/zebra danios or white cloud minnows (just mentioning that in case it matters). At that depth water volume should be around 10g. Does this suggest stocking should be carried out based on more typical 10g projections or does the fact that it is 10g in a 38g setup give you some leeway in stocking. Thanks for any input you can provide. This project is interesting but there seems to be less info available on this type of setup.

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This is an interesting subject and you raise a good question. I am pretty new so I would start with the load for a ten gallon. Then experiment with a load to a 15 check the water perameters after additional cycle time and the proceed from there. So since youll never have the full 38 gallons of space It seems like that may be over stocked but, I am just a newb.. However you will have a greater swimming surface than a 10.

I built a paludarium in a 29h I wouuld like to share with you.

If could change what I did on this project I would have used very large cork trunk pieces, all ephiytic plants, less or no baskets, and no cocos fiber.

Some plants didn't make and some have just taken off.

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Matthew:
Thanks for the response and for directing me to the other forum. I appreciate the time that you have taken to documnet your progress as information on setting paludariums is indeed hard to come by.

Right now the biggest unanswered question is what materials will I use to form the land portion of my project. I am not going to be very ambitious with my background, for now I will be sticking to black paper on the back of the tank. I will be using pool filter sand for the substrate and I have a few rocks that will add character to the underwater portion of the tank. Because it is winter not many places that would normally have rocks for sale have any stock to sell and it is pretty hard to go rock hunting with the ground covered in snow. I was hoping to get some slate to stack to make the central island that I am thinking of. Your techniques on the 29g look like they have potential though. I was also thinking of just making an island out of cement but I am still a bit concerned about the long-term effects cement will have on water chemistry even after it cures.

That great stuff, is it toxic? Does it have to be sealed or can you just drop it in an aquarium after it dries? One thing that might work would be to carve an island out of styrofoam cover it with silicone or cgreat stuff and then coat that layer with sand before it cures. So many things to try. Cork bark looks like it would be a good background but I must say that I have never seen it for sale in my area.

Of the plants in the 29g which ones seemed to be doing well? I plan on using anubias, java moss, pothos and Dracaena sanderiana (also known as lucky bamboo).
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All of the plants you mentioned should do great. Also creeping fig, philodendron, pathos. Great stuff is not toxic once it cures and we seal it with GEII silicone. Make sure that the tube does not have mold inhibitors in it. Thats the bad stuff.
I think you need a background myself. check out www.blackjungle.com look in the wood catagory of the online catalog. You can by cork flats. The mount them on back with silicone or handi foam.
The island. For this I would make an eggcate frame cover it in vinyl screen. Like a large planter. Then make the land around the frame with Handi-foam. This is better than great stuff and its intended for pond waterfall construction. Maybe 3 cans from www.drsfostersmith.com After you coat the island with the silicone you could try pouring/pressing the sand onto the silicone.

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Thanks for the tips Matthew.
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You are welcome. Once again let me push the cork back ground. pick up ephytic bromeliads from www.tropiflora.com that you can just stuff the stolons into holes in the cork. Sooooo Cooolll..
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