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65 gallon "Rainforest Edge" paludarium

Well, after a couple of weeks of working on this project, I have finally finished it! My main goal and idea was to create a somewhat naturalistic vivarium for the amazonicus as well as trying to create something appealing to the eye. I wanted to go for a "forest floor meets river" kind of look and I think I somwhat pulled it off. I have an in-tank filter inside the black acrylic, which is accessible through an opening at the top created by eggcrate. The pump is made the same way, but is on the right side of the tank... I used a fake rock to cover it up. The tank is home to 4 juvenile ram cichlids and 1.2 amazonicus. I would like to perhaps purchase another pair or trio at the most. I have a bunch of areas for the frogs to escape if they fall in the water. I witnessed to chubby female fall in, and they are decent swimmers. They are very quick to climb onto the glass, acrylic, or wood/plants. Lighting is a total of 195 watts via power compact. 4' strip of 130 (10000K) and a 2' of 65 (6500K) - both Coralife.

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N. pauciflora (sp?)
N. fireball x 3
N. variety (red center near tree trunk)
Tropical sheet moss (collected locally)
Philodendron scandens
Phildoendron cordatum
Philodendron cordatum "Brazil"
Type of Ivy (from Lowe's)
Nymphoides aquatica
Anubias nana
Java Fern
Rotala macranda
Rotala indica


FTS (edited a little bit to get the real color/appearence. The noise was really awful)


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that's amazing. what's your lighting system? and oh, don't cover the anubias nana's rhizome that way. it will die.


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sweet setup. Where are the animals?
ditto on the buried rhibozome.


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Awesome setup.
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slick!!i just saw this on dendroboard.com too. i just got some darts and already i want to make my 90gal into a vivarium, nice work

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Definelty sweet. nice job.


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Very nicely done. What kind of wood is that in the dry area? It's great to see other people from New Orleans and the surrounding area on here!


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Like i said on dendroboard, awesome setup.

Tell me if your amazonicus start breeding, i'm gonna start a viv for them soon.

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Very nice paladarium!
I would love to see some more shots of your frogs on the plants etc.

Can you mix those frogs with newts?

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Very nice Tj, great job and awesome pics. Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks for the comments guys! I'm also thinking of adding 10 cardinal tetras as well. Here are shots of the frogs... they were taken from the old vivarium. I'll have to take some new ones soon.





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Nice amys.Very nice pics too.

So where do you buy in on the amazonicus vs red vent deal?

I've been looking for a 30 cube for some.

Have yours bred yet?

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Hey guys. I haven't been on too much lately due to school and some PC problems. However, I was finally able to d/l PS and got some updated photos of the paludarium. I decided to re-design the aquatic portion since the last photos were taken, so here is the big shabang.



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Here's a photo of the "river" with some of the inhabitants in it. I now have 4 blue rams, 2 cory cats, 3 ottos, 2 hatchet fish and 3 bamboo filter shrimp. I bought the shrimp to help filter some of the debris from the land.

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Looking very nice. I especially like the tree trunk area with the magnolia leaves. Very clean yet natural looking.

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