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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-26-2020, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on paludarium inhabitants

Hi all, I am currently starting my 45 gallon paludarium build, but I want to design it specifically for the animals that will be living there. Ideally, I'd prefer to have a lizard, or lizards, over amphibians, living in the paludarium. I was thinking green anoles, but I've read mixed things about them with water. Some things I've read say they will do fine, some say they'll do fine if there are lots of branches and vines for them to grab if they go in the water, and yet others say that it's a bad idea to keep them with any deep water at all.
I had anoles a long time ago, for years back in the early 90s, and I thought they were great pets. I don't want to get anything that I will find drowned in my tank, though.
If green anoles aren't the best choice, what would be better? I know Chinese water dragons do well, but they will eventually grow too big for a 45 gallon, and I want whatever I get to be happy in its enclosure. Things like Cuban anoles, A. vermiculatus, are too rare, and frankly, way too expensive, to consider.
I was thinking of keeping ghost shrimp, zebra danios, and corys in the aquatic part, and anoles in the terrestrial/arboreal part. Maybe even some other freshwater invertebrates as a cleaning crew (like clams, dwarf crawfish, or even fiddler crabs) if they won't harm other inhabitants.
Any help would be appreciated, since I can't start working on this until I know what will be living there.
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Itís very important to note that you have to be very careful with what animals you put together. Some animals can be territorial towards other species and also towards the same-sex of their own species. Even if the paludarium is a predator style enclosure, it should be a priority to keep the inhabitants as stress-free as possible to ensure a long healthy life. Something else to note, try to choose paludarium animals that are fit to thrive in the paludariumís environment. With that in mind, I would recommend taking a look at this article https://bantam.earth/choosing-paludarium-animals/ I think it would be extremely helpful and it gives you a lot of good options for animals.
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