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calebkraft 12-29-2012 10:19 PM

$25 50gallon low tech paludarium.
 
http://i.imgur.com/zpnrq.jpg

Just set it up today, the water hasn't settled yet.

I'm using organic soil underneath black gravel. The filter, about half the rocks, and all the plants are from the established 10 gallon that is being broken down for this. The fish will go in once the water is stable.

There is a missouri toad living up top, and hopefully soon, a lot more plants.

Here's what was there before.
http://imgur.com/a/zo9MO/layout/horizontal#1

I still need to add a black background.

ric44 12-30-2012 12:55 PM

Nice look. I like it. What are your plans for fish?

newt newbie 12-30-2012 06:10 PM

by the looks of that it would be great for amphibians

WestHaven 01-01-2013 03:50 PM

How did you get the "hill" to stay in place?

calebkraft 02-19-2013 06:04 PM

Figured I'd give a quick update now that everything has settled.
http://i.imgur.com/IlJDFv7.jpg

That room is a bit of a mess, but you can see everything in the tank is doing well. Yeah, that's a heat rock in there. No, it isn't plugged in. I just haven't pulled it back out yet. Our furnace died for a day, so I put it in there to help toad stay warm.

One of my bamboo shoots didn't like the move much and has died, but there are living shoots coming out just below the surface so I haven't pulled it either.

calebkraft 02-19-2013 06:41 PM

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How did you get the "hill" to stay in place?
To answer this question, rocks. Lots of rocks. The soil will compress and shrink down so be ready to add more. I have big rocks for structure, then gravel for filling (plus soil).

GMYukonon24s 02-19-2013 06:43 PM

Nice setup!

calebkraft 02-19-2013 06:43 PM

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Originally Posted by ric44 (Post 2133446)
Nice look. I like it. What are your plans for fish?

I have a handfull of ember tetras in there. They're ok, but I just found out a local shop has a decent selection of rasboras and other micro fish. I wish I had seen them first!

I'm also tempted to put a crayfish in there, but I'm worried about the plants. I've heard they'll shred the plants.

lochaber 02-19-2013 09:25 PM

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Originally Posted by calebkraft (Post 2588914)
I'm also tempted to put a crayfish in there, but I'm worried about the plants. I've heard they'll shred the plants.

Yeah, those things are like the drunken sociopathic bulldozers of the aquatic world. It'll shred the plants, level that hill, climb out and shred the land plants, kill your toad, kill the fishes, and probably climb out and die in some corner of your house.

Nice tank though, set up looks good, but I think a crayfish would be a bad choice. :/

datfish 02-20-2013 12:54 PM

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Originally Posted by calebkraft (Post 2588914)
I have a handfull of ember tetras in there. They're ok, but I just found out a local shop has a decent selection of rasboras and other micro fish. I wish I had seen them first!

I'm also tempted to put a crayfish in there, but I'm worried about the plants. I've heard they'll shred the plants.

You could get a Dwarf Orange Crayfish, they're pretty mellow. Just like a shrimp but a crayfish. I'd advise against a crayfish any larger, mine destroyed every plant, ripped my snail out of its shell, pushed the driftwood into my barb (killing it), then climbed out and decimated my Lucky Bamboos roots, dropped back in and ruined part of my Mangroves roots, then for the final she climbed out crawled around under my bed, onto my bed, and then finally decided I'd be delicious. :icon_lol:

Needless to say she's in an escape proof 32 gallon that's only hardscape.

naturelady 02-22-2013 05:25 PM

Awesome! I love it! It is beautiful.

The other wonderful thing about it is that my husband would love it. He would pick something to live on the land (reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids... he loves them all). And I would pick the plants and fish. And then we would both live happily ever after... until his turtle eats my fish. Huh.

Well, maybe I will live my little dream through YOUR paludarium. What do you think of that idea?

polukoff 02-23-2013 06:39 AM

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Originally Posted by lochaber (Post 2590314)
Yeah, those things are like the drunken sociopathic bulldozers of the aquatic world. It'll shred the plants, level that hill, climb out and shred the land plants, kill your toad, kill the fishes, and probably climb out and die in some corner of your house.

Ah yes the majestic freshwater crayfish. Will experience more in its life than all the fish in the tank combined!

calebkraft 02-24-2013 11:27 PM

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Originally Posted by naturelady (Post 2618450)
Awesome! I love it! It is beautiful.

The other wonderful thing about it is that my husband would love it. He would pick something to live on the land (reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids... he loves them all). And I would pick the plants and fish. And then we would both live happily ever after... until his turtle eats my fish. Huh.

Well, maybe I will live my little dream through YOUR paludarium. What do you think of that idea?

Newts or fire bellied frogs would be fine and go in and out of the water. Don't get a turtle, they'll wreck it and make a mess.

A spider seems like it would be fine as would most lizards I guess, though you would probably need more space. If you built enough space in, carolina anoles would probably be fine. I've seen them swim to shore when dropped in water.


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