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Old 04-09-2014, 12:48 AM   #16
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Here are the two sections of the Hamburger Mattenfilter being prepped for moss growing. I did the general recipe of a big handful of moss blended with a cup of buttermilk and some molasses. Paints on pretty easily! These were done with a mixture of Christmas and java moss.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:53 AM   #17
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Here is the HMF installed. Sorry about the crappy light and the iphone pics.
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Plenty of room for equipment behind the HMF! The pump that will power the waterfall is on an egg crate platform to keep it gunk free.
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The rocks are installed! They aren't quite as accurate as I was hoping but it's my first foam rock scape. The 'rock' sits directly on the PVC uprights and the HMF but is otherwise unattached. The rock itself, like the HMF, is actually two pieces so that I can take it out for cleaning as needed.
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Probably the last pic for a while as this grows in. The upper part of the rock is painted with a terrestrial moss smoothie, the lower with riccia. The three levels each have their own shallow pool. The highest one is planted with Lilaeopsis mauritiana, Hygrophila angustifolia, and creeping jenny. The middle level pool has Alternanthera reineckii, broad-leaved ludwigia, dwarf sag, and creeping jenny. The lowest level pool has Rotala colorata, Lobelia cardinalis (dwarf), one Crypt spiralis, glosso, and creeping jenny. In the middle right is a Phalaenopsis orchid. In the middle left is a Dendrobium orchid. The bottom right is an Amazon sword (currently submerged form). The far left and right are Tillandsia. The water level will eventually go to *almost* the top of the HMF.
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:19 AM   #21
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It'll probably take a good while to grow in. In the mean time I'll keep it humid with some plastic wrap and play around with rocks and driftwood.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:10 AM   #22
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Excellent start! I've never seen a paludarium built this way, so I'm very anxious to see how this tank progresses. I've seen the 'blended moss' method used in dart frog vivariums, but does it work equally well with regular aquarium mosses?

Any ideas for semi-aquatic animals?
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Excellent! I look forward to watching this one grow in, for sure.
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This is awesome! Looking forward to more updates!
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Great looking project! Can't wait to see it grow out.
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Old 04-24-2014, 04:39 AM   #26
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Excellent start! I've never seen a paludarium built this way, so I'm very anxious to see how this tank progresses. I've seen the 'blended moss' method used in dart frog vivariums, but does it work equally well with regular aquarium mosses?

Any ideas for semi-aquatic animals?
No terrestrial or semi-aquatic animals planned.

I bought a bunch of water/humidity-loving terrarium plants and put them on the hardscape. The moss never seemed to grow, but the mold did. It seems that I collected a acrocarpous moss instead of a pleurocarpous species, and they don't do as well. I have gone ahead and flooded the tank. The triple filter seems to work pretty well, as does the waterfall pump. Pictures to follow as soon as the water clears.
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This is a cool looking build! I can't wait to see what it looks like once everything has filled in!
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Old 04-30-2014, 01:15 PM   #28
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Finally got the water in and got the tank partially planted. I added some Java and Christmass moss to the part of the hardscape that stays wet. Hopefully they'll attach.

All the submersed plants either came from my quarantine tank or from generous RAOKs from tpt.net. It looks like a case of collectoritis but isn't. I just needed some plant biomass!

Submersed Flora:
hygrophila difformis - wisteria
hygrophila angustifolia
hygrophila polysperma - sunset hygro
cryptocoryne wendtii
cryptocoryne spiralis
sagittaria subulata - dwarf sag
Echinodorus amazonicus - Amazon sword
Microsorum pteropus - Java fern
Anubias barteri var. nana - dwarf anubias
Anubias heterophylla
Ludwigia repens - broad leaf Ludwigia
Rotala colorata
Rotala rotundifolia
Bacopa caroliniana

Fauna: none yet, save for a few guinea pig snails. Contemplating One-lined pencilfish, pygmy corys, or Emerald-eye Rasboras. Farley, my Farlowella will be included. Once the plants grow in heavily I might add RCS.

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Old 05-11-2014, 02:22 AM   #29
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That looks very nice. I joined the forum to learn more about paludariums.
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:15 AM   #30
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Looking good so far.
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