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20 gallon long paludarium

Hey I've decided to make a 20 gallon long paludarium. I have done some work but I decided to upgrade my 10 gallon pal and make a nicer better looking one. Here is what I've got so far...

Fauna
3 Fire Belly Toads(FBTs)
2 Chinese Warty Newts(CWNs)
5 Zebra Danios(ZD)

Flora
Java Moss
Java Fern
Dwarf Sag.
Dwarf HG

I'm not sure how much lighting to use or what kind so I need some help there. I also have a Fluval 1 for a filter.
Will I need Co2? And any help or ideas would be great

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I only have dart frogs, I've never kept the amphibians that you have. I know the FBTs need land. You are going to need land plants too. Everyone likes bromiliads, but most really need to be mounted. You can grow jewel orchids, small-leaved peperomia, creeping fig, many others. Anubias also makes an OK terrarium plant.
There are many ways to make a paludarium. Having enough water to support fish and having dry substrate that is not sitting in water is the challenge. Far far easier is having a terrarium that has a water feature-- it is a question of scale. 3-4 inches of water below a false bottom that is cut away in a portion you can see the water is easy.
As for lighting, average "low tech" lighting for non CO2 would be preferred.
Good luck!
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