55.gallon Paludarium
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > General Planted Tank Forums > Tank Journals


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-03-2013, 07:39 PM   #1
rowdaddy
Planted Member
 
rowdaddy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 151
Default

55.gallon Paludarium


I'm taking my old 55 and turning it into a paludarium. This won't be done any time soon, so I'm thinking I'll try to do a step by step of the build.

The tank has an Oak trim. Since the center brace was already broken, I decided I would take the top trim off.

Supplies

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria

75 Community
20H Community
20L Convict "Bedroom"
20L Growout
10gal RCS
1.5gal in progress
55 gal Paludarium/Vivarium coming soon
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1365017989715.jpg
Views:	42
Size:	89.0 KB
ID:	118746  

rowdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-03-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
rowdaddy
Planted Member
 
rowdaddy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 151
Default Re: 55.gallon Paludarium

If you've ever read a journal on taking the rim off of a tank, you know it's important to wear gloves. There are many horror stories involving stitches and hospital visits. Thankfully, I took the advice. At one point i slipped and had i not been wearing my leather gloves, I might not have much of a middle finger.

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria

75 Community
20H Community
20L Convict "Bedroom"
20L Growout
10gal RCS
1.5gal in progress
55 gal Paludarium/Vivarium coming soon
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1365018292581.jpg
Views:	40
Size:	84.1 KB
ID:	118754  

Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1365018313217.jpg
Views:	36
Size:	42.5 KB
ID:	118762  

rowdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
rowdaddy
Planted Member
 
rowdaddy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 151
Default Re: 55.gallon Paludarium

The rim.is off, but I'm going to need to use some more vinegar and alcohol.to try to get the rest of the silicone "film" off. Then I'll sand down the top edge to smooth the glass and work out some of the little chips.

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria

75 Community
20H Community
20L Convict "Bedroom"
20L Growout
10gal RCS
1.5gal in progress
55 gal Paludarium/Vivarium coming soon
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1365018642277.jpg
Views:	34
Size:	115.2 KB
ID:	118770  

rowdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2013, 01:27 AM   #4
rowdaddy
Planted Member
 
rowdaddy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 151
Default Re: 55.gallon Paludarium

Ok. I've been drawing out basic designs I'm considering. As of right now I've gotten it down to 3 designs.

These are views from the top. . Each square represents 2".

Please let me know what you guys think. I always welcome advice and opinions.

Legend:

W.F.= Waterfall
D.W.= Drip Wall
T. = Terrestrial
E. = Emersed
A. = Aquatic

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria

75 Community
20H Community
20L Convict "Bedroom"
20L Growout
10gal RCS
1.5gal in progress
55 gal Paludarium/Vivarium coming soon
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1365470808488.jpg
Views:	33
Size:	49.0 KB
ID:	121722  

rowdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2013, 01:32 AM   #5
becky3086
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Thomson, GA
Posts: 36
Default

Afraid I am no help but I would love to try this myself so will be watching your thread to see how this progresses.
becky3086 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2013, 02:02 AM   #6
rowdaddy
Planted Member
 
rowdaddy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 151
Default Re: 55.gallon Paludarium

Thanks Becky! I'm excited!

You can definitely be of help. Which design do you prefer & why?

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria

75 Community
20H Community
20L Convict "Bedroom"
20L Growout
10gal RCS
1.5gal in progress
55 gal Paludarium/Vivarium coming soon
rowdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2013, 01:25 AM   #7
rowdaddy
Planted Member
 
rowdaddy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 151
Default Re: 55.gallon Paludarium

I've decided to keep the area under my terrestrial area open. I am trying to maximize my aquatic living space. Here's a basic idea of what I'm trying to attempt.

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1365643507157.jpg
Views:	29
Size:	49.1 KB
ID:	123010  

rowdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2013, 01:31 AM   #8
rowdaddy
Planted Member
 
rowdaddy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 151
Default Re: 55.gallon Paludarium

I went and bought some supplies for the false bottom. I have my basic frame together. I will cut the PVC supports tomorrow.

I think I'm going to attempt to keep the two pieces independent of each other.

What is the best way to attach the fiberglass screen to the false bottom? I want to double over the screen of that makes any difference.

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1365643828970.jpg
Views:	28
Size:	75.5 KB
ID:	123034  

Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1365643841789.jpg
Views:	30
Size:	74.6 KB
ID:	123042  

Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1365643857588.jpg
Views:	31
Size:	66.2 KB
ID:	123050  

rowdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 05:06 PM   #9
rowdaddy
Planted Member
 
rowdaddy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 151
Default Re: 55.gallon Paludarium

Had some hold ups. I put my first layer of Great Stuff on.....I think i piled too high.

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1365959188959.jpg
Views:	18
Size:	59.8 KB
ID:	125705  

rowdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 03:22 PM   #10
rowdaddy
Planted Member
 
rowdaddy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Upstate, SC
Posts: 151
Default Re: 55.gallon Paludarium

Ok, finished the Great Stuff for the false bottom. I just gave it a significant trim. I think it's going to work out nicely.

I intend to silicone it to the bottom after i finish painting and sealing. However, i still think I'll have issues with buoyancy. I'm assuming there well be about 20 pounds of substrate. I'm thinking about cutting a chamber into the thick section between the terrestrial & emersed area, and filling it with stones, marbles, lead weights, etc. What do you guys think?

I am Rowdaddy.
SC Aquaria
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1366039302005.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	55.8 KB
ID:	126193  

Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1366039313667.jpg
Views:	15
Size:	37.3 KB
ID:	126201  

Click image for larger version

Name:	uploadfromtaptalk1366039331657.jpg
Views:	22
Size:	55.8 KB
ID:	126209  

rowdaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 03:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012