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10G Vampire Crab Paludarium

Summer's here, I have a 10G tank and free time. I've been doing aquariums for a while now but I thought it would be a good idea to create a paludarium instead of another aquarium.

No planned fauna and flora yet aside from Venus Fly Traps on the terrestrial side and Black Babaultis and RCS for the aquatic side.

I'm using 2.5 tank dividers to divide the land and water. There will be a tall waterfall on the right side powered by an AC20. I had an extra intake tube extension that fits the AC.

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Do you realize the VFT will need a cold winters dormancy? You will need to take them out of the tank around October, break off all the leaves, and place the bulb in moist sphagnum peat moss in a plastic bag and refrigerate until March or so. Then you would repot them and start them growing again.

They really also need full sun for at least 6 hours per day to thrive. You may want to rethink having VFT in your tank.

If you are looking for a Carnivorous Plant that will stand a better chance in your Paludarium try a tropical Sundew, Drosera sp. The Cape Sundew Drosera capensis or D. spatulata Spoonleaf sundew are two choices.

You could also look into a Nepenthes Pitcher Plant. I hope Legomaniac or Limeslide can answer here about the Nepenthes as I have never kept them.

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Do you realize the VFT will need a cold winters dormancy? You will need to take them out of the tank around October, break off all the leaves, and place the bulb in moist sphagnum peat moss in a plastic bag and refrigerate until March or so. Then you would repot them and start them growing again.

They really also need full sun for at least 6 hours per day to thrive. You may want to rethink having VFT in your tank.

If you are looking for a Carnivorous Plant that will stand a better chance in your Paludarium try a tropical Sundew, Drosera sp. The Cape Sundew Drosera capensis or D. spatulata Spoonleaf sundew are two choices.

You could also look into a Nepenthes Pitcher Plant. I hope Legomaniac or Limeslide can answer here about the Nepenthes as I have never kept them.
I read those things about the VFT. My plan was either to leave them outside during winter or do the refrigerator method as you stated. Thanks for reminding me about that. I only have two now, might get another one but it shouldn't be that hard to do the refrigerator method.

I'm gonna have compact fluorescent lights. I'm sure it won't be as perfect as the sun but they will be put in the timers for about 10 hours a day since the aquatic area will be planted with mosses and some low-light plants.

I'm planning to also have peat on the terrestrial area so that I can grow the VFTs. I divided the tank in order to separate the peat and the hard water.

Thank you so much for the help so far.
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Does anyone know what would be a good cover to create a fake waterfall for the 10g? I'm looking for something to maybe paint foam or just cover it with something. Silicione will work but I think it will end up being too costly.
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Look into Model Railroad scenery plans for ideas on waterfalls. I've seen some very realistic waterfalls. I forget what is used, but I am thinking teased out cotton batting, silicone cement...

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Railroad Model Craftsman magazine:
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Making a waterfall video: http://woodlandscenics.woodlandsceni.../MakeWaterfall

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Hey thats pretty cool. ill be following
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I'll be following this one too. Keep us updated.

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Silicone egg crate on then use handy foam or pond foam on to create the rock waterfall then you use a thin layer of silicone spread on the foam and apply sand or peat moss!
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Look into Model Railroad scenery plans for ideas on waterfalls. I've seen some very realistic waterfalls. I forget what is used, but I am thinking teased out cotton batting, silicone cement...

Model Railroader magazine:
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Railroad Model Craftsman magazine:
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Making a waterfall video: http://woodlandscenics.woodlandsceni.../MakeWaterfall
Thank you so much! I'll look into those!
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Silicone egg crate on then use handy foam or pond foam on to create the rock waterfall then you use a thin layer of silicone spread on the foam and apply sand or peat moss!
I think silicone might just be my only choice since it'll be easiest for me and it won't be a huge water fall.
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Looking great! just two comments though
-I would've covered the glass separation with "fake rock" (either foam/epoxy or cement)
-the white pebbles don't look natural acting like a border.
But great stone (is it made or natural) and branch, should look awesome. I'd carpet the land part with moss
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Looking great! just two comments though
-I would've covered the glass separation with "fake rock" (either foam/epoxy or cement)
-the white pebbles don't look natural acting like a border.
But great stone (is it made or natural) and branch, should look awesome. I'd carpet the land part with moss

I ran out of silicone to cover the glass but I kinda like it since it looks pretty dark with water in it.

The pebbles where all I had so I'll try to look for dark ones but there's so much dark colors in the tank already.

The stones are natural. There will be a lot of plants so I don't think a moss carpet would be good.
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hmmm, i think the stones need to go, how about pagoda stone or petrified wood?

I trally like the branch, looks cool and the anubias looks healthy too
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I like the way they are now. They're contrasting the anubias and the java fern.

Wait, are you talking about the big rocks or the pebbles?
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