Brackish Paludarium or Brackish Ripararium?
I've been simplifying my tank setup for awhile due to my toddler, but at some point, I want to set a low-salinity brackish aquarium.
The commonalities of both ideas are as follows:
Tank size: 55 gallons
Specific gravity: 1.005 or thereabouts.
Flora: Mangroves, plus trying out a few hardier Anubias, java ferns, java moss, etc.
I have two different ideas. To simplify:
Pros: I can allow mangroves to grow as high as they want, given I can go lidless. I can also fill the tank anywhere from 50%-100%, depending upon what I decide about the jumpiness of my stock. Larger water volume allows for bigger fish I'm interested in, like figure 8s or orange chromides:
Cons: Stocking limited in other ways.
Pros: Allows for amphibious taxa like Indian mudskippers, fiddler crabs, or red claw crabs. Land area provides for interesting 'scaping possibilities. There might be some other salt-tolerant land plants which could add color to the tank.
Cons: Extremely limited water area means I'll be lucky to have enough water for BBGs when all is said and done. And, of course, the mangroves just won't be able to grow very high.