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wheatiesl337 01-03-2013 09:29 PM

50g Paludarium with water running over planted rock ledge (video update #3)
 
I have always been infatuated with builds making use of both aquatic and terrestrial space, so I decided to build one. This is practice for a future set up, more square in dimension, that will house some fire-bellied toads and fish.

I have posted some pictures documenting the process in the tank journal thread (linked in signature), but it gets burried very quickly there, so I decided to post my first video here. It is a low quality-cell phone vid, but I hope to use the wife's 60d and shoot a good quality video in the near future.

http://youtu.be/lC3FLow-BkQ

I am not really sure what to call this build. Is it a riparium?

I think the emerged crypts would benefit from a bit higher humidity, but I haven't yet found a mister or fogger that is well-reviewed. Any suggestions?

Thanks for any input or feedback.

thebuddha 01-04-2013 01:45 AM

looks awesome man

pweifan 01-04-2013 02:55 PM

I love this look. Have you ever had problem with mold?

wheatiesl337 01-04-2013 04:22 PM

I haven't had any issues with mold yet. I wipe the glass down once a week, and I would eventually like to set up a CPU fan pointed at the front glass. I think I would need a mister or fogger on a timer for the crpyts though if I do this.

I have run into an issue growing algeas on the rock ledges where water is running over. I have reduced my light and grown christmas moss in the area. This has helped. My nerites also crawl up on the ledges to scrape algea.

Still working on hanging or mounting my lights so I can take better video/photo.

shiloh 01-17-2013 05:26 PM

Nice! The fish seem to like it.

MiniFishRoom 01-17-2013 05:31 PM

Looks awesome!

kinhawk 01-17-2013 05:44 PM

www.mistking.com

wheatiesl337 01-17-2013 11:09 PM

Thanks for the comments. I will look into the mistking products, as I have seen them mentioned around here before.

Hopefully I'll have another video up in the future that is higher quality (not cell phone! it can't handle reflections off the rock, I swear the glare isnt that bad in person). Lots of new growth from the mosses and plants on the rock ledge.

wheatiesl337 06-16-2013 08:12 PM

I posted some updated pictures to this tank here:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...00&postcount=4

I have a bit more tinker to do to get the tank where I want it I think. I'll work on getting a new video up once it's there.

wheatiesl337 07-22-2013 08:21 PM

Video Update #2
 
As promised, a video update. Two brief videos to show the great emergent crypt growth and my tinkerings underwater: added some crypt. spiralis and driftwood. I am very pleased with the look of the spiralis.
Video Update #2:

Side View

Top View

wheatiesl337 10-09-2013 11:36 PM

I posted my fourth photo update in my tank journal here.

My third video update is also posted.

My favorite new addition has to be this guy:

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH...arium_010c.jpg

jmeister 10-09-2013 11:56 PM

looks great, the parva really filled out

jpappy789 10-10-2013 01:47 AM

Happen to know your the TDS of the water? I've always wanted to combine CP's with aquariums but I've always lived in areas with water high in minerals/TDS...right now I get just above 300 ppm in my tanks, which still out of range for even hardy CP's like D. capensis to survive. Thought about cutting with RO but that's more expensive and time consuming than hooking right up to the faucet...

wheatiesl337 10-10-2013 04:41 AM

Tap water here is liquid rock unfortunately (~333 TDS and 8.4+ pH). Most my favorite fish and shrimp are soft water though, so I was already using re-mineralized RO water. I installed a Costco RO filter. I keep a few 5g containers filled from the RO filter, so not too much more work than water changes straight out of the tap.

jpappy789 10-10-2013 06:50 PM

That's dedication...I only have about 40 combined gallons of water to work with and I'm far too lazy to use RO as the only source of water on my tanks.

What type of substrate/media is it in? That's another big factor.


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