I've been lurking in these boards for a couple months now, and I like what I see. The people here seem friendly and offer plenty of helpful suggestions.
Anyway, I'm VERY interested in starting a paludarium. I'm in the planning stages right now. But I have a good idea of what I want to do. I plan on building, yes building, my tank from cell cast acrylic (expensive, I know, but worth it I believe). Dimensions will be 48"x24"x24", with a usable area of 48"x24"x18". The spare 6" in the back will conceal drainage (I'll be using a sump for filtration, dosing, and heating), and a water column to feed a waterfall. The column will be supplied by a pump and will fill and overflow rather than spurt out a tube. The land and water will be divided by acrylic as I've seen in a couple posts on here, most notably TimsViv here; https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...o-journal.html
Lighting is still the biggest issue, but I think I'm going to go with a 48" PC with a varied combination of (up to) 4 K factors. I plan on using a prefabbed setup that includes LED moon lighting controlled by an Aquacontroller Jr. that turn lights on/off according to sunrise/sunset. It even controls the amount and time of moonlight according to moonrise/moonset and it's phases. That whole getup will cost just over $200 and will be the 2nd most costly part of the build after the acrylic.
For emersed plants I want to use mostly mosses and grasses and maybe a couple carolina fanworts. I was thinking a red mangrove as well, but the research I've done says they do much better in a brackish environment, so maybe not. I'm not interested in keeping it region specific, and prefer not to use leafy plants. If anyone has some wonderful suggestions, I'm all ears!
As I said, it's still in the planning stages, but as I begin, I plan on keeping a photo-journal of the the entire project...