I've been around fish tanks since I was a kid and In the last 10-15 years I've done a number of planted tanks, both high tech and low tech, and I was starting a new project for the newly finished basement of our old house (with the perfect nook for a tank, and built in water and drain right next to it) but before I could set things up we packed up and moved to TX where there are no basements
. Long story short, I've been looking at this in my home office for the past couple of years:
It is a 33 gallon Mr. Aqua which I had just finished drilling for the sump filter, painted the rear pane, and had a stand custom built for it. It was going to be an Iwagumi setup and I had bought everything I needed for it, including an LED light (buildmyled) with a dimmer, CO2, rocks, ADA Aquasoil, etc. Essentially I have everything I need to set this up except plants and fish, but I have very little time to take care of a tank these days which is why I haven't set it up yet. I travel a lot and don't want to spend part of a weekend day changing water, pruning, etc.
I was getting ready to put everything up for sale, but thought maybe a Paludarium would be an option since it has to be low maintenance, right? Since I know absolutely nothing about Paludariums I started reading up a little and found out that they are actually quite a lot of work to build and maintain, so that's out of the picture. The other thought that I had was, how about an emersed Iwagumi setup? I knew how to grow a lush carpet of HC in a planted tank, and I have also grown them emersed in the past for a limited amount of time and know about potential mold and fungus issues, so I know the issues that could arise with something like that, as well as flies, etc. if I have no insect eating creatures in it. But hey, if it's feasible, I have everything I need for it!
I'm posting this in the hopes of getting some suggestions and advice on this project. Can I use what I already have to make a low maintenance Terra/Paluda/Viva/Ripa/rium set up? Is the Iwagumi suggestion viable and sustainable over the long run?
I read the other thread from earlier this year in this forum where someone had grown an emersed setup in a 10g tank but that was only over the course of a few months so I'm not sure how sustainable and manageable this type of setup is over time.
Suggestions? Thoughts? Ideas?