Hi y'all and welcome to check out my paludarium project.
Aquarium is 240 cm (8 ft) x 40 cm (16 in) footprint and 30 cm (1 ft) tall. That adds up to 300 liters or 75 gallons. The background takes some of that.
On top of it is a box about 35 cm (14 in) high that will hold some dry planting.
Hardscaping is self-made, including the fake stone and tree trunks.
For filtering I'm using a 20 g sump
The "stream"-factor is made with a one-way flow accomplished by one Tunze Stream 6060 pump rigged to the end of the tank, pushing water through a channel in the background. It is pre-filtered with a foam matt:
(The above two pics taken when the tank was just an aquarium, not a paludarium)
A shot of the background in the aqua-part
Background above the waterline being made:
Tree trunks being made:
The front of the tank (above surface) is open and shall remain so. I dislike all kinds of frames and stuff blocking the view.
So this is where I'm at, going to start planting the tank. I joined APC to get some help with deciding how to go with it. I have a lot of confidence on you guys to be smarter than me on the trick.
My goal is to get the tank planted sparingly, or to leave at least some of the hardscaping to be seen. The lighting is going to be 6 x 54W T5 tubes and perhaps some 20W halogens to give a bit of shimmer with the surface agitation.
There's going to be a Nepenthes or two, Tillanzias and mosses. And some vines and whatever I come up with.
I'm undecisive on what's going to go in the water, vegetationwise.
The flow is strongish and the fishes are going to be hillstreams, other loaches and maybe some Loricariids.
So hi, everyone. Looking forward to using your imagination and expertice on this.
And thanks for a fine forum!