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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-17-2004, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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The tank houses the following:
Land
- 1 D. Tinctorius (M)
- 1 D. Leucomelas (M)
- 1 D. Azureus (M)
- 3 Anoles (1M/2F)

Water
- 2 Dwarf Gourmies (M/F)
- 6 Long Fin Zebra Danios
- 6 Neon Tetras
- 1 small Cory Cat
- 1 small Crayfish
- 2 Dwarf Claw Frogs
- 2 Asian Floating Frogs (Rice Paddy Frogs)

I am having good luck with the Java Moss, Java Fern,
and Amazon Sword; I don't know the name of the plant
in front of the waterfall. I got the Java Moss from a local
aquarium store - it's doing great in the water and on the
wet wood as well as growing up the back wall.

The tank is predrilled. If I were to do it over, I would have gotten a
tank that was drilled in both corners. I have a bulkhead to drain
off the land side and an overflow for the water side. I had to
plumb the overflow across the bottom and through the land/water
divide to get to the predrilled hole.

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Beautiful setup
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The overflows work really well on paludariums, keeping the water level even all the time. My first try at one didn't have the overflow and the water was constantly evaporating leaving mineral scale on the glass as the water level went down. I have one set up now that is a 75 gal reef ready tank. I left the overflow box in but just re-drilled the overflow holes about 8 inches from the bottom. Really makes it easy to be able to hide all of the plumbing with the drilled tanks.
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Mr Hyde,

I had the same experience with this tank. Originally I thought I would just use an Eheim canister to filter the water and operate the water features. It was daily maintance to keep the water level up.

Once I got the idea of using a sump the tank really came together. I can house the heaters and a large home built filter box in the sump along with a MagDrive pump to really move some water. Then I ended up planting the sump and setting up the lights on timers opposite of the display tank. The PH remains constant and I may get a little CO2 transfer between the tanks.

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I guess some things we just have to learn as we go. Yes, it's nice having a heater in the sump too. I've actually thought of making it even more maintenance free by putting in a float valve in the sump hooked up to a Reverse Osmosis water line to top it off. I have a drain valve hooked up to my pump inlet line and I use that to drain for water changes. I was thinking of running that through the floor and into my home drain pipe for easy water changes. I guess I am just getting lazier and lazier.
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i love th way this looks its makes me wnt to start a paladrium

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I guess I am just getting lazier and lazier.
no what it means is the that you will have time to set up and maintain more tanks :twisted: :lol:
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That's the most impressive paludarium I've ever seen. What a nice job. The cork on the back in the construction pic looks like one large piece- is it? I have a box full of cork to use as the background for my next aquarium, but the pieces will have to be fitted.

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post #23 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-22-2004, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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aquaverde,

The Cork Bark background is pieced together out of several pieces. I used an electric plainer to flatten the back of the cork before glueing it to the tank glass. Then I filled in the gaps/seams between the cork panels with spanish moss. The spanish moss has not held up that well, I think I would use coconut husk or spagnum moss if I were to do it again. I, also, siliconed a 1/4 curl into the corner to conceal the supply line and a return line (to the Eheim).

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That tank is absolutely stunning !
The best of both worlds...
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Yeah, and just some really fine workmanship on cork. Congrats!

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