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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-21-2010, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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new to paludariums and have a few questions

I have a 16g rimless tank which is currently home to some tadpoles, red cherry shrimp and 2 cherax destructor crays, the crays are very small at the moment and as soon as they are big enough to bother anything else they will be moved to a new home, when/if the tadpoles turn into frogs i plan to convert the tank into a paludarium and keep about 8 - 9 inches of water for the shrimp to live in and about half of the footprint of the tank converted for the frogs.

the main qeustion i have is what do you use for a substrate on the dry side and how do you keep it from getting waterlogged?

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There are many ways. And you don't necessarily need a divider for the land/ water.

2 ways that might work for a tank that size:
Egg crate is easy to use. It is the plastic (styrene, actually) stuff that they use below lights in hung ceilings. They sell it at Home Depot, etc, in the ceiling section. You can use it to make a false bottom, and hold it out of the water with supports made of egg crate. Disguise the edges with stuff (wood, plantings, etc.) so it does not show.

Another way is clay. This is a method that has really gained in the past few years. Essentially, make a firm clay, mold your land, and let it dry some, and once the biofilm sets up it is pretty solid.


What kind of frogs do you have?
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do you mean potters/craft clay? doesnt it dissolve in the water?

no frogs at the moment they are still tadpoles... i collected them with my son from the local creek and have not been able to I.D them yet. Hopefully they will mature into frogs, they have started to grow their back legs.

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Clay will disolve in water, but once it gets a biofilm of algea and bacteria, it actually holds together fairly well.
How well it will do with the grown amphibians is another question. Some frogs really like to burrow down.
There is a ton of information for the questions you ask on Dendroboard. It is mainly about south and central american poison dart frogs and their vivaria, but you will find help there.
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