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Steve's Fantastical 10g Paludarium

I always like paludariums, but never built one. So I decided to bring out my dusty, hardwater stained 10g from my basement and make a paludarium out of it. I plan to put white clouds or some other small cold water speciesin , maybe even some crabs (who knows). Like I said, this is my first go at one of these doohickeys, so we'll see what comes out of this. Oh and lesson learned - Listen to the warnings! Don't touch wet great stuff! It's sticky!

Equipment: Dome Style Fluorescent, Small Fountain Pump, and filtration will be from the plants (yeah I know, simple)
Substrate: Land -Eco-Earth, Organic Potting Mix. Water- Sand or very small gravel
Plants: Undecided (Moss probably and some other plants)
Fish: Undecided

Pics! So here is the marshmallowy stage that Im at.





I do have a question. I plan to have the left corner look like a stump. What should I have cover/color/seal it? I dont want to put coco fiber on the stump (It would look too much like dirt).
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Well after a series of events, I finally kinda completed it. Putting the coco fiber on was a PITA! There are still some bare spots, but hopefully the baby tears and future moss will cover it. I still have to get a mini heater and maybe a very small internal filter. Current inhabitants are some MTS and a DT betta (name undecided). I also plan to add some shrimp when algae starts forming.

Equipment: Dome Style Fluorescent, Small Fountain Pump, and filtration from plants.
Substrate: Land -Eco-Earth, Organic Potting Mix. Water- Sand
Plants: Ficus sp, Potho, Rabbits Foot Fern, Baby Tears, and Dracena Sanderiana.
Inhabitants: DT Betta and MTS

And here are some pics. Comments and criticism and suggestions appreciated.





"Hello!" Stress line very prominent. Just a little shocked from being in a 8oz cup to a 2.5 gallons of water.


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Great looking start, love the look and plant selection.


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Let me know how the Dracena Sanderiana works for you. I'm setting up a planted aquarium for the first time, and picked up some plants yesterday. My LFS was selling Dracena Sanderiana as an aquatic plant, which I was skeptical about in the store, but I thought it was pretty so I picked it up anyway. Now, from my reading, it looks like it's not aquatic after all - which is fine for me, because I'm also planning to set up a paludarium soon - so I'm curious to see how yours does.
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Great looking start, love the look and plant selection.
Thanks! This was my first shot, and I'm surprised how decent it turned out.

Anyways here is a little update. The plants are starting to grow, mostly the baby tears. I'm a little worried about the betta. I had it for a week and it still isn't eating. Should I be worried? I'm guessing it may be because of the cool heater (dont have a heater but will be getting one shortly).

Im also planning to put a green tree frog in here, but not until the betta is fully established and eating.





Here's the little Mr. Picky Pants
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Always wanted to try one of these set ups...

but I think my better half would kill me.


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Always wanted to try one of these set ups...

but I think my better half would kill me.
Haha... Yeah they are pretty cool. You get the best of both worlds. Aquarium and Terrarium.
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Now that is cool idea. How many inches is that water exactly?
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Thanks I appreciate it. Theres around 4-4 1/2 inches of water.

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woww this is really cool i want to try something like this in my little tank that is currently empty.. this is really inspiring


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Nice creative setup and what a pretty betta.
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Looks good! Is it still running? I'd love to see some recent photos if it is.

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P.s. I should add I'm currently making a similar tank
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