I am planning to make a paludarium, and I know it's going to be a challenge, in a small...........wait for it.............. 0.25 gallon open tank (about a liter)!!! The tank is oval in shape (9"x4" at the widest and about 3" deep).
I was wondering what the easiest and cheapest method to construct this would be (eggcrate and gs, concrete, plexiglass, etc)... I do not want to use rocks or wood sticking out of the water to create the land portion. I do not mind sticking things permanently in the tank (almost a bucket
I would like small, live plants in both sections. Any ideas on what would be appropriate? Moss? Substrate, I was thinking sand that I clean and sterilize in the water, and coco fiber on the land. I do not want to buy a big pack of substrate for a tank this small. Any other suggestions?
As for inhabitants, I will not put anything on the land as this is an open tank an they could crawl out. In the water, would a shrimp work? I will have about 0.15 gallon of water if the land area goes all the way to the bottom (sloped or wall) or 0.25 gallon if I do a shelf like land portion. If I put a shrimp, would it crawl out on the land section or not? Any other possible inhabitants?
As for equipement, I would like a small pump (not a filter), not to strong, just to circulate the water that would fit in an area 3"x3". Any suggestions? Lighting, none. Fertilizer, none. CO2, none.
Also, would I have to cycle the tank before adding a shrimp (possibly) and if so, how?
Any suggestions is considered. I know, I know, I'm picky. As I said before, this will be a challenge, but I'm up for it. Please reply if viewing.
Thanks in advance.