Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Eastchester, N.Y.
I will be creating my first Paludarium soon (hopefully) with either a 75g bow front, or a 100g standard. I am one of those weird people that actually enjoys researching things, so I've been looking into this for about 5 months now (besides, it gives me time to squirrel away money so my wife doesn't know how much I spend on things).
Anyway, I have a pretty good handle on how I'm going to set it up. I dont have a particular environment in mind (rain forest, bog, etc.), but I think it will look and function well.
My problem now is picking the right tenants. My original plan was to have some frogs, newts or salamanders, fish, shrimp, snails, and maybe a crayfish. I am finding, however, that its not that simple. That, my friends, is where you come it. I need help picking my critters.
My set up plan is to have 10" to 12" of water and land mass on both sides of the tank, totaling about 1/2 the tank in dry/damp land. There will be branches and other things for those who wish to climb and I will also create a shallow water area.
I'm looking for TRUE amphibians (those who will use the water and land areas). I say TRUE because I'm finding that some critters listed as amphibians either spend all of their time in the water or on land, but not both. Also, as much as I love how most of the smaller frogs look, I have to find ones that dont make too much noise (It was hard enough getting my wife to agree to this without chirping frogs).
Other then passing on a singing chorus of frogs, I'm open to other suggestions.