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Old 04-21-2014, 07:45 PM   #1
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My 18x18x24 paludarium


A few pics of my newest paludarium I built. I'm still awaiting a plant order of terrestrials, but this one is, for the most part, planted and growing in



Inhabitants will be pfr shrimp, which I should be picking up from a local member this weekend.
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:15 PM   #2
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Neat!

Got a list of plants?
Any livestock going in here?
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:56 AM   #3
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Thanks. I'll put a plant list together once I get my final plant order in and planted.

Livestock will be painted fire red shrimp
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:23 PM   #4
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Is that lava rock as the land portion?
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:36 PM   #5
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Sort of. It's more commonly called feather rock. It is a volcanic rock, but it's lighter than standard lava rock. And much, much sharper when broken up. There are more than a few blood stains covered by moss lol
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Nice, I picked up a featherock boulder a while back, thinking of using it in a paludarium.

It's pumice, so it's really light (most pieces float initially), and it's fairly easy to break up and shape.

All of my projects are currently in hiatus, but I'd still like to try and do something with what I have sometime in the future. Any special issues you noticed working with it? It is indeed sharp and abrasive - it's basically foamed glass. I use gloves when I'm working with it, and wetting it helps to keep the dust down (which you definitely don't want to breath in...)

Did you get smaller pieces, or carve up a bigger piece? And did you just use silicone to attach it? I'm mostly just curious since it's not a method I've used before, but was considering, so talking to someone who actually tried it might prevent some really basic mistakes.

Thanks, and the tank looks nice.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:28 PM   #7
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Pumice!! That's the word that escaped me earlier!! I did not get small pieces, just a pair of large ones. Broke it up with a hammer and chisel while wearing a respirator. I siliconed them to the glass and also foamed them in to make them a bit more secure.

Breaking it up wasn't too bad, except for the parts that have, I am assuming, granite in them. (I'm no geologist lol) those parts took quite a bit of effort to break up. If I had to to it again now though, I would have tried making the pieces I adhered to the glass a bit more flat on the back to get more adhesion.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:50 PM   #8
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Still at it eh Bill? Looks good.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:50 PM   #9
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Yeah randy, still at it. Added a new planted tank to the arsenal last night
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Yeah randy, still at it. Added a new planted tank to the arsenal last night
Very cool - I've been missing your updates on your build threads, kind of enjoy picking your brain once in a while. I'm currently in the process of resetting the 30gal paludarium Walstead style. We replaced it with a 40B plaudarium that is set up as a North American native biotope. As I progress, I'll need to pick your brain a little on a mist system set-up.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:00 AM   #11
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I have to check your threads out. I am always here to help, you know that.
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Oh I know that. I just always have a lot on the back burner and not much on the front . Haven't updated a build thread on here in a coon's age LOL.
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