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Old 08-11-2010, 10:30 PM   #1
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TobasB's Paludarium/Aquarium Build Up 40G Low-Tech


Hey guys and girls, been reading this forum for a few days and think it's brill so i thought i have to sign up! The standard is so high on here compared to my usual forums but don't tell them! This is going to be my little build up of my very recently setup tank, think it's been about two maybe three weeks! Which i think is classed as low tech? I'm not sure.

I've been keeping fish for afew years now, had a 20gallon tank for 3- 4 years which went through it's ups and downs, i loved it though and just thought it was time for a change and make somthing i've always wanted! I'll start with afew pics of my old tank, i've had countless little tanks set up aswell which didn't stay for very long.

Was like this for a while, bit of a mess really but plants were very healthy...



More recent before i got rid...



At it's best...



And small tanks i've had...





So here's the new one, it's 42 x 15 x 15 inch so round about 35 Uk Gallons. I've always loved the paludariums with the plants breaking the water line and the water falls. Ultimate goal is to get some flowering plants, will look great then i think. I'm undecided on the water level, wouldn't mind it very shallow but don't think that would be right with some of the fish i've got in. Equipment is a Tronic 200w heater and a Ehiem Canister Filter (hard to get hold of these days round my end) both purchased in the late 1990's!

So i drained the old tank



Everything went into a big bucket apart from the hard scape stuff, fish seemed to love it in there, were in about 4 days ..



Got the tank out of the loft ..

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Dad welded the stand up and had previously built the wooden hood ..



So i began to put everything in, used river bed sand from builders yard for substrate takes ages to wash though think it's full of clay. Put all the hard scape in and plants, went to a Stephen H. Smiths Garden Centre other day and thought some floating plants would be nice, so i found some water hyacinth 1.99, i checked them all pulling them out of the water, most of them small, pulled one up at it was HUGE so kinda bought that on a wim, not sure if it suits the tank way i was going to do it but i do like it!















Right went down to the local resivour yesterday and the water level has dropped alot due to the dry patch we had a few weeks ago. Collected aload of wood which im frilled with, here's some pics...





Digged the lawn up for moss lol



Which went on nicely i think



and here's how it sits at the moment, please excuse the murkyness this was last night after putting the wood in...









I shall get some better pic's up very soon.
Fish wise there is;
3 congo tetras that ive had sinse the start of my other tank,
a red tail black shark just as old,
various tertra's,
3 corys,
afew guppys/endlers,
two labyrinths that i've failed to identify, (here's my i.d thread with good pics on 2nd page http://forum.practicalfishkeeping.co...ad.php?t=63507)
and a weather loach my mate give me out of his cold water tank recently.

Would love to know if there is any emerse life apart from plant's i could keep in here.

Thanks for reading!

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Old 08-12-2010, 02:23 PM   #2
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Perfect man! I really like the tank. I know alot of people say that a tank looks like a slice of a river, but this really actually is!
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:56 PM   #3
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I definetly agree with Jake, its Nice and natural looking. I love it!!! Keep us posted on the tanks progress.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:54 PM   #4
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I love this site! People like you give people like me better ideas on how to set tanks up. They look awesome. Be proud of you work. It's nice!!!
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Tank looks awesome. Great build.
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:45 PM   #6
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Thank you very much for the great comments guys! really appreciate it. Will get some more pics very soon!
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really nice lookin tank. looks like your swimming in the amazon! and btw the tank looks huge from the pictures. but only a 35g?
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Old 08-14-2010, 01:09 AM   #8
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Looks good, man. I was torn between a paludarium and classic aquarium when I set up my tank, but wound up filling it to the top myself. I think the the half dry route might have been pretty fun, but oh well. Also, I've always preferred the taller paludariums to longer, but yours is quite nice. It does look very natural, as everyone has said. Keep us updated.
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Old 08-14-2010, 04:55 PM   #9
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really nice lookin tank. looks like your swimming in the amazon! and btw the tank looks huge from the pictures. but only a 35g?
Thanks mate, yeah it 40 us gallons, but i see what you mean, ive double checked the dimensions and ran them through a different calculator and nothings changed.
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Looks good, man. I was torn between a paludarium and classic aquarium when I set up my tank, but wound up filling it to the top myself. I think the the half dry route might have been pretty fun, but oh well. Also, I've always preferred the taller paludariums to longer, but yours is quite nice. It does look very natural, as everyone has said. Keep us updated.
Thanks also pal, you should drain it halfway and see what it looks like
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:34 PM   #11
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Hmmm...don't tempt me.
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:39 PM   #12
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So not updated for a while! having left the tank for a while now to its on devices while everything grows in abit it looked like this...



So i gave it abit of a tidy up and its currently like this!...










Thanks for looking!

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Old 09-28-2010, 05:29 PM   #13
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Great job! It truly looks spectacular from top to bottom.

Edit: Still admiring the last set of pictures. I can't get over how good this tank looks.
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:41 PM   #14
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Thanks mate! your too kind
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:59 PM   #15
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I like the look of the longer paludarium. Have to agree with others on the river look!
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