Planning a small paludarium.
I'm in the process of planning my first paludarium.
I have so many questions, but I figure if I put my plans out there...... Hopefully, I can get some feedback/advice (I need it!)
My plan is ambitious, maybe too much so...
I have acquired an 18 x 18 x 24 exo terra, which I believe only holds around 7 gallons of water.
My plan is to create an internal biofilter underneath the landmass, probably only 1/3 being open water. My idea was to create a series of chambers filled with different media (charcoal, ceramic, etc...) that the water will need to pass through pre-pump.
Post-pump the water would flow through tiered planted beds, before falling back into the open water. I'm thinking a small waterfall for aeration.
Plant wise, I'm thinking ferns, mosses, trailing fig.... Any recommendations for nitrate hungry plants?
I know these won't help the filtration, but I'm going to get a pitcher / flytrap too.
Do you think this would suffice for a couple of shrimp or tetras?
Eventually, I would like to house a few small geckos or dart frogs also.
If anyone could recommend a suitable submersible water pump for this project, that would just be amazing.... I've been scratching my head.
Any advice would be fantastic.