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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-13-2011, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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"Fish safe" paludarium subjects?

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I am starting up my first paludarium. I am going to be using an ADA 60P (~20g) tank and have very few plans so far other than that I would like a few fish. However, from what I have been reading, it sounds like most paludarium "subjects" (crabs, etc.) are either not safe with fish or will not do well with relatively deep water (and have trouble getting out if they fall in). I was hoping someone could suggest a few ideas? I was thinking about vampire crabs as I did read somewhere that they will not go after fish at all - but then I read someone who said they will terrorize fish! Bummer. Any ideas? As of now, I am just planning perhaps a pair of German Blue Rams and some tetras, but I do think this is a bit of a small tank for that. Thank you!
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It depends how much water you have in the tank versus everything else... As for fish safe creature I do not know. I clicked on this to hopefully find some answers for myself


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My firebellied toads never really even put their head fully below water. They have some good semi-emersed hanging out spots, though. They never go after my fish. Your mileage may vary.
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Check around for different kinds of crabs. I have one in my fish tank completley full of water with one little rock that just barely pokes above the surface. The little crab dissapears under water every once in a while and really cleans up well.

Thought I better mention it is a female crab. Male crabs get one very large claw and can cause damage to fish. In my aquarium I have all tetras and have had no problems.
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I would stay away from pretty much all crabs and the fire bellied toads. The crabs will use the fish and munchies, while I believe that chemicals form the skin of the toads will irritate fish. I may be wrong though...

Have you thought of going brackish with mudskippers?

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You nailed two of the concerns with mixing species.
I love my dart frogs in my paludarium. The key is to provide easy exits from the water-- sloping shores or sticks And vines are options going into the water work.


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It is difficult because with the rimless tank you probably won't want to put a top on it and it's not much room either.

What about just planning out a real nice paludarium planting and then combine that with some nice nano fish? If you get some nice paludarium plants going then the abovewater area will be plenty engaging enough without extra livestock.
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