03-03-2006, 04:25 PM
Join Date: May 2005
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).