I am new here. A 42 year old educated male. Work in health care. Back round in bonsai, koi pond building.
My latest hobby and what brings me here tonight is my paludarium project.
Here is my set up: 55 gal tank. Bow faced front. I used great stuff foaming insulation to create a waterfall and cliff side which i then embedded some cups into for planters.
I did my very best to seal the great stuff in with clear 100% water proif silicone from home depot.
The final layer of silicone got a bunch of rinsed red lava rocks, round river rock and sphagnum moss pressed into it.
I know, i know! Thats a lot of chemicals! This project is well 2 months in....
I now have an aquarium heater with water set at 74f, a 511 turtle canister pump/ filter, fluorescent vita light, extra in pond small pump for a current. I have filled and emptied HUNDREDS of gallons and tested and retested the water at my local pet store after leaving the tank running with plants and moss clinging to the artificial cliff i created.
So far, ive killed about 9 .19 cent gold fish from pet smart.
Once a week, i try again to add a few and they end up dead in 24 hours.
This is my best go today.... Goldfish has lasted over 27 hours so far. I cannot tell if he is well or sick.
I did notice that the goldfish at pet smart are crammed ina tank & theres always a few dead ones.
I'm welcoming all criticisms and advice. My goldfish may be dead by the time your reply.
The plan is to add frogs, newts and salamanders when this thing isnt a death trap.
I will try to include photos. Sorrybut i am on an iphone and still goofy on thos site.