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After what i would call poor planning I started construction on the I started construction on a 20 Long paludarium around mid-June. Using a false bottom I started to make a land shelf that reaches just ever so slightly above the waterline, PVC pipe was siliconed to the bottom of the tank after holes were drilled for flow at the bottom and then holes at the top for zip-ties to secure the light diffuser shelf. Then the light diffuser was cut to size (the shape changed since the picture from jagged to smoother for the filter), a hole was made in the back to allow access to the pump and heater hidden below the shelf. To make a the waterfall I used a larger PVC to epoxy cement rocks to it after holes were made for the tubing that runs the water up the smaller PVC tubing housed by the larger PVC. I then ordered 2inch 30ppi poret foam for a matten filter, after siliconing the glass supports to hold it it I painted the back and side black with acrylic paint to prevent growth of algae under the shelf where it'd be neigh impossible to clean, I also ended up needing to zip-tie the foam to the shelf to ensue it was flush (can be easily removed when the filter needs changed it also is above the waterline to prevent bypass). The pipe for the waterfall was then ran through a small hole that would be concealed by substrate, which is flora-max capped with pea pebbles. The shelf was then lined with screening, then covered with pea pebbles, the borders were lined with pond rocks to help hold the lining up around the edges. I will be getting topsoil for the shelf and will be planting a button fern, sundew, earth star bromilead, and maybe a waffle plant (I dont think I have the room for it though). Then in the aquarium I am going to get some root cholla driftwood Ill cover in christmas moss, Iwill also have some buce, tiger lotus, anubius nana petite, and lobelia cardinalis. I will probably try and find another plant to grow emergent from the shallow water (only 7inches or so deep). Stock with I dont know what yet other than some shrimp I may get a betta but its only 5.5gallons of swimmable water (water capacity total is around 12 gallons).
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I added dirt and started some planting today, I wont add more aquatic/bog plants until the water parameters even out some more. For the dirt I used organic topsoil with sphagnum moss and no other additives then rinsed it thoroughly and strained to remove twigs and what not in there. The first plant added to the shelf is a Button Fern then the bog plants around the water feature are Gold and White Ribbon plants. Ive decided to move my Betta from another tank over to the new tank once it is cycled, then the other plants going onto the shelf will be a waffle plant and still working out the idea for a sundew.
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