I guess I'm probably back in the hobby because I think disposable income needs to be thrown at glass houses rated by the gallon.
So I did the saltwater, the copepods with phytoplankton, the corals, the fish and shrimp, then i did the fresh water, I know, I started backwards. Did the planted tank with fish, shrimp, co2 and plants (found this site extensively useful) and am now interested in a new challenge so I'm going to create a type of paludarium (I think that's what the cool kids call it
) but I'm finding the information a bit too spread out. I have been doing a lot of research on different setups, technology, and the such, but a beginners guide has eluded me this far. At this point I'm only breeding some red cherry shrimp in a starter tank with some live plants, anubius nana, crypt, and some moss balls that I plan on using in the water portion. Haven't decided on any particular fish yet, likely just ones that won't eat them all. I'm also in the process of getting my hands on some blue isopods and springtails to start a good culture, not even entirely sure I'll use them but will find a home for them nonetheless. Will likely use some form of poison dart frog in the terrarium section, but too early for that. Coming from saltwater I appreciate the patience it requires and how that can pay off in the end so I'm curious what the best way to start preparing substrate that will be for live plants, (saw an interesting one on YouTube from Serpa), maybe a starter bin containing earthworms and the springtails and isopods? I haven't gotten the tank yet so I'm looking to get a start on something in the meantime. Well, that's not true, I have "A" tank, a 20gallon hex, but decided I want a bigger one, and that shape would be difficult for the layout I have in mind. It will likely be a 36gallon bowfront with a waterfall into the aquatic section (with netting if I go with a dart frog) .
Anywho, wow, that probably reads a bit like a 4 year old in a toy store running from aisle to aisle, but it is what it is. Any thought or points in the right direction would be awesome. Thanks, Duane. And i plan on adding to this as I get started with what works and doesn't, unless it shutters stalls and dies in which case I will take up kitty cat keeping. Cheers!