Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Arapahoe County, Colorado
5.5 Low budget paludarium picture heavy 56k warning!
Long-time lurker, first time poster. This is one of my several tanks. This one consistently requires the least maintenance and looks half decent; and I spent probably under $20 on it. Bare in mind I started this out pretty sloppy with little intention to spend much time or effort into it. Turned out to become one of my favorite tanks!
First acquired a firebelly toad from my oldest brother whose wife is a school teacher. One of her kids gave her this toad as a gift in a tiny little critter keeper with some neon colored gravel and a plastic plant. My brother would feed it bugs or crickets every now and then, but mostly the poor little guy was neglected with little water and food. My brother offered him to me one day, naturally I took the opportunity to make use of the spare 5.5 I had in my closet.
The filter is just an old top-fin 10 gallon power filter I had lying around. Just attached a tube from the bottom of the intake to the intake filter, so as to just extend the length of the intake tube. Makes a nice little water fall onto some cheap lava rock I bought a while back for some epiphyte testing. Siliconed a small piece of glass to hold some earth into place, the rest is held by and old piece of driftwood, another thing I'd had lying around for about 4 years. Made a screen cover out of old window screen and the old rim from yet ANOTHER old lying around broken 5.5. Just used left over organic soil from certain "house plant" endeavors of past. It's called Black Gold, its coco based. Flourite base underneath for the earth part with some larger gravel pieces mixed further below as well. Simply use a cheap CFL, I think 18 or 23 watts... maybe 32.. and a cheap $6 clamp light fixture I got a Lowe's a couple years ago.
Point I'm gettin' at is that I put basically no money into this project and it's come out pleasantly well. Nothing spectacular. These first photographs are from October '09 when I first set it up, November '09, and December '09. I've got plenty more from between then and now, but I'm just too tired right now to go through all the pictures I've not sorted through yet. I'll get there and upload more. It's really grown in a great bit since these. I've added more plants as time went and am still working on it.
Terrestrial plants are Helxine and Moss in these photos. Other plants are just some different kinds of mosses, anubias, java fern, bacopa sp., duckweed, some fern that hitch-hiked a while back, e. tennelus(?) and some baby tears. I also bought the toad a little toad buddy... who later escaped. Also some Cherry shrimp, a pair of guppies, and nerite snails.
Anyways, cheers for reading. More to come.
Last edited by CannaBrain; 05-11-2011 at 08:47 PM.
Reason: added more photos / realized this is more paludarium than vivarium