Join Date: May 2007
Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
Wabi kusa/paladium low humidity for Vampire Crabs.
Hello, I'm currently planning a wabi kusa style paladium for some Vampire Crabs I'm having shipped from Germany.
The issue is I don't really want to have a kritter carrier style tank and really want something much more aesthetically pleasing.
What would the best way of going about this be? Ideally it'd be open topped as I've procured a luminaire for an 18" tank. My idea was to split the tank in half adding a glass divider as not to flood the dry side and hide this be giving a transition or beached area onto which a heavily planted area of dry land would be. What plants suit low humidity and what I would describe as low light?
On the water side I'd add large and small gravel sand and cobbles imitating what I've seen in other wabikusa and riparium setups and of course, nature. For an extra element I'd like to add a redmoor root or similar banching wood half underwater and half on land. and perhaps some native ferns or suitable mosses.
My biggest issues I can see are heating the tank, filtering the water and finding low humidity, possibly lower temperature plants that will work. Caring for the plants maintenance, misting etc is also an area I'd need some advice on. I've got some ADA aquasoil I'd use as a substrate for the plants on the dry side, this is from an old tank I'd stripped but I can't see it mattering that much if It's going to be used damp and hidden under thick growth.
I think I've said everything I intended to ask. I look forward to peoples aquascaping tips as well as photos for inspiration. Anything and everything will be of help.