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Old 04-20-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
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Default Mudskipper paludarium

Hi all.

I didn't want to go the traditional "sloping sand"-route in creating a habitat for my mudskippers.
To start with, I had three Periophthalmodon septemradiatus males. This is not the most aggressive nor largest species of 'skippers, but it still wants to form and defend a small territory.
What I wanted was to create a habitat with multiple spots where the fish can hide from each other's sight.

I started with an old 140 gallon sump tank:


I disassembled the sump to replace the old, scratched front glass with a new one and painted the trims:



For hardscape I wanted to make a DIY root system with multiple little shallow pools and an inbuilt plumming to circulate water in the pools.

A sketch:


Platforms and volume of the scape:


Roots bent of pvc and added volume with foam:


A bit of shaping with a knife:


A stage after a few layers:


Hardscape pretty much finished:



Glued in and the first test was very succesfull. All the pools were filled up with just one pump feeding the plumbing system in the scape:


The mudskippers are using the whole scape and seem happy with it:


FTS, early stages:


BOOOOO!






The tank is still maturing. Water is kept at 1.002-1.003. I'm trying to find plants that would co-operate with me, but haven't had too much luck yet.

There, thanks for looking!

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