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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-03-2009, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Ideas for a new Paludarium

I just bought a 29 Gallon MartyMade Terrarium (same size as a regular 29 gallon, but it has a tall lip and then sliding glass doors ). The bottom area under the doors is water tight.

This tank is destined to become some sort of naturalistic terrarium/paludarium. I am even thinking about drilling it and hooking up a tiny canister filter like the Zoo Med 501 or the TOM Rapids mini canister. Although, if I cant find bulkheads with fittings small enough for those, I would just get a Fluval 105 .

I want to do about half land half water, land on the left and a nice pool of water on the right. Ideally if I could make it look anything like this I would be very happy (I know the water would have to be lower, that's fine with me).

How do you think that waterfall could be replicated? Would the output from a Fluval 105 be too strong to replicate that? I am hoping the TOM Rapids filter has 1/2" ID tubing because it would probably work fine for that. I want to use a canister because I currently have a paludarium with a internal submersible filter and it's a pain to clean it, especially considering the lighting fast day gecko I have to catch each time I need to clean the filter, lol.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-08-2009, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, little did I realize that the picture I linked to above that I found via Google Images was actually part of a photo tutorial right here on!

What an awesome setup. I gotta find a nice piece of cork bark to make a waterfall like that.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 10:49 PM
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Sorry can't help you with the waterfall but I can give you some help. What exactly are your questions, apart from the waterfall?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 11:07 PM
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you can use an eheim return 394 tube size should work

i would then try to drill a whole through the top piece of rock and have the water trickle from there down...
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-11-2010, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Guys, thanks for the replies.

Actually, since this thread has been made I have completed this build and sorted everything out.

I wound up with a very similar waterfall, and it was pretty simple to do. I used a piece of corkbark right under the water return, and after hours of drilling little channels in it trying to get a perfect flow like in that picture, I almost gave up. Then I noticed in the picture that there was moss on the waterfall. I bought some Java moss, put it up on the corkbark, and made several long strands where I wanted the water to trickle down... And Done! LOL.

Oh, and F22 I drilled the tank and ran plumbing behind the foam background I created. So no need for a return kit .

Here's a photo journal of my build progress on this tank.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-17-2010, 07:43 PM
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SOOOO... where's the pic??

I'm in the Saint Louis, MO area and always looking to connect with other planted tank enthusiasts.

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