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Old 11-15-2005, 07:00 PM   #1
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29 gallon paludarium (many pics)


Hey all. I'm a newbie dart frog hobbiest. A friend asked for me to build a Paludarium for him. Here is what I came up with. It's 29 gallons. Present home of two siamese algea eaters. Soon to come school of neon tetra and lemon or glo light tetra. I'm planted tank curious and I'm only beginning to learn and understand the needs of plants and fish. More aquatic plants to come in this tank.





waterfall




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How it was done. The guts. Duetto 50 multifilter with a duetto 100 impeller.



Baskets, cork wood, great stuff, handi foam



silicone over great stuff and handi foam coco bedding pressed on top.



Brown and black silicone painted over handi foam to create a mud look.


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Old 11-17-2005, 01:12 AM   #2
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Hey gang, 50 views and not a peep from anyone? Any what a piece of crap or nice jobs comments out there? Thanks for stopping by.
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Old 11-17-2005, 02:42 AM   #3
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For a newb, i think it looks great! Very natural, and I think it flows very well!
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Old 11-17-2005, 04:11 AM   #4
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Very Cool
and very inspiring hmmm (staring at empty 29g collecting dust in the corner)
Keep us updated!
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Old 11-20-2005, 03:41 AM   #5
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How much does creating something like this cost? I have been interested but I am not sure where to begin or what is needed.
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Old 11-21-2005, 09:31 PM   #6
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This tank basic cost about $350. I had a few things around. I still need a few things more too. I did put 3 Long fin Zebra Danio, 3 neon Tetra, and 3 green neon Tetra in there over the weekend. Heck, fish were the cheapest part.
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Old 11-26-2005, 03:05 PM   #7
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Just a question... is there a filter? I'm just worried about the fish Those SAEs will grow way too big for that little water. They are fast swimmers so they love a good current and lots of swimming room.
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Old 11-28-2005, 06:47 PM   #8
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Just a question... is there a filter? I'm just worried about the fish Those SAEs will grow way too big for that little water. They are fast swimmers so they love a good current and lots of swimming room.
Duetto 50 multifilter with a duetto 100 impeller servers the waterfall.

Don't worry yourself too much they ( SAEs) are very small now and have a future home when all grown up.
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Old 12-30-2005, 02:22 AM   #9
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I'd love to see an update of this tank.
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Old 12-30-2005, 07:34 PM   #10
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Minnie, Ask and you shall receive.

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This is the most updated pic I have. Since this pic Java fern and Najas grass were both added to the tank. The Java moss grew in very nicely too. This tank is now with it's permanent owner. I battled a bout of ich (looks like I won) and there had still been no noticeable algae bloom. I dropped the ball on taking pics the day before it got picked up. It was in our dinning room and the whole family seems to miss it. I have purchased an 8 gallon finnex set up and will eventually have a thread going in the nano forum. However for now I have a couple of more dartfrog tanks to set up. Thanks for you interest. This project as well as living near Aqua Forest Aquarium in SF have shown me just how cool planted tanks really are.
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Old 12-30-2005, 08:55 PM   #11
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That is really nice. You do good work!
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nice, very natural looking, are you ever going to put some amphibians in there?
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Old 12-30-2005, 09:57 PM   #13
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nice, very natural looking, are you ever going to put some amphibians in there?
Thank you for the compliments

No amphibs. it's for fish.

I will post some of my Dart frog tanks in another thread.
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Old 01-01-2006, 02:41 AM   #14
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nice, looks like you got some ideas from the giant tank they showed on blackjungle
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Old 01-03-2006, 06:05 PM   #15
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Definately Black jungles 4 foot viv is an inspirational piece. For anyone who doesn't know it check it out..

http://www.blackjungle.com/terrarium.htm
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