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[Planning Stage] My first Paludarium

8 months since I started with the hobby with my 65g planted aquarium, and now I am planning for my 2nd one, and I am looking to build a Paludarium.

Everything is still in the planning stage, I would like to take my time starting this, to make sure everything will be flawless. For now, this is what I have in mind, please feel free to criticize, suggest, or comment. I am open for everything since this is will be my 1st attempt:

Long and shallow rimless tank with dimensions: 30" long, 9" high, and 16" wide (20-ish gal)
65% water, 35% land.
Water will be 8" deep, and highest land area will go maybe 2" past the height of the tank.

Land Plants: Bacopa Monneiri and Hydrocotyle V. right at the edge of the water; and let them scatter both in water and on land (these came from my planted tank, I am now growing some in a pot). Some kind of fern as the main terrestrial plant, and then moss to cover some rocks, wood, and land area. Aquatic plants still to be determined when I decide on my aquascape...

Aquascape: I am still thinking whether to make a hill-stream environment by using gravel, sand, and round stones, OR a peat swamp/black water type of environment using leaf litter, twigs, and roots/driftwood. Any suggestions, or things to consider on this?

Stock: Again, will depend if I make my water area be a hill stream or a peat swamp/blackwater - but considering my water will only be 8" deep, what stock will work well with my setup?
For a river-like: I am thinking of small danio or minnow species, and a few panda garra, or hillstream loach..
For a peat swamp/black water: thinking of some Sparkling Gourami or a Choco gourami, and then Kuhli Loaches..

Lighting: I have no idea with this one. My previous experience is keeping a planted tank right beside a window, this time, I am setting up this paludarium inside my window-less room. What's the minimum lighting I need to have?

Aeration, filter & water circulation: Again, need help with this, my first tank is super low tech and only running a single sponge filter. I want to stay minimal with equipment on this Paludarium as well.. but I am wondering what can I use to suck water and direct it to release on land to form a miniature stream? This way, I hope the terrestrial plants will get their water needs, at the same time act as natural filter and be part of the cycle.

Responses will be appreciated Thank you!

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So I have both a lower congo-like whitewater and a peat bog Blackwater. Something to consider is the low nutrient content of a sphagnum bog. Carnivorous plants would be ideal for the terrestrial section of this type of setup. Here's a progression of mine. It's been running for about a year now. Currently stocking khulis and baby pumpkinseeds but I've had a number of different things in there. Ember tetras did well in there for a bit. Also various dwarf ciclids. Lots of breeding

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