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Apparantly, I've wanted a paludarium since before I knew what it was.

I didn't even know it had a name--the idea of having land and water together in a single tank? I've always wanted to have a "fish tank" where it sloped steeply enough I could also keep some hermit crabs on the "shore"... Or try to imitate tidal pools, with a tank that emptied and refilled on a schedule (Haven't seen that yet anywhere, though--has anyone done it?)

But some of the ones I'm seeing around the web look incredibly complex, I don't even know how to begin to do something that lovely within any reasonable budget.

Is that sort of thing the purview of the rich and privileged, or can something like that happen on the budget of recent college grad?

"Aquariums are like science, art, and hypno-therapy, all rolled into one," I insisted.
"You're not putting a hundred gallon tank in the living room," my roommate replied.



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My aquascape style tends towards 'tall in the back, short in the front, lots and lots of green and stuff. And maybe a rock somewhere...'
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I saw a video of a guy who made a tank for mudskippers and he did exactly what you were talking about with the water draining and filling back up. It was awesome.

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I've seen steeply sloped SW tanks with wave timers that imitate this sort of thing. It's not a cheap affair. I think I've seen a rocky mbuna tank on a wave timer as well to mimic near shore.


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Aaaah, that sounds wonderful. I might have to start another savings account for something like this. So much inspiration, so little money...

"Aquariums are like science, art, and hypno-therapy, all rolled into one," I insisted.
"You're not putting a hundred gallon tank in the living room," my roommate replied.



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You should evaluate what your OTHER hobbies are before getting into this.

Like anything else in life, your dedication will manifest the outcome of what you'd like to create.

Tidal aquariums require more equipment attention and specific species, on the other hand a female sorority of bettas require less.

An aquarium is a God centered or creationist hobby to put it bluntly
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Frankly, at the moment, I have no other hobbies. I wouldn't do something as complex as this for a few years at least--if I ever do--but it does not hurt anyone one bit to pipedream and plot and wonder.

"Aquariums are like science, art, and hypno-therapy, all rolled into one," I insisted.
"You're not putting a hundred gallon tank in the living room," my roommate replied.



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A tank that is part water and part land for crabs is great - hermit crabs like a fair amount of humidity, and will climb on plants - they would perfer something that has more land and less water with sturdy plants. I have a set up for chilli crabs. They need to have deeper/more water but access to land as well. They do like to dig in the land, and will also climb up rocks/plants/filter hoses ect. Good luck.
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I did something similar to the crab idea in a 20gal long turtle tank. I roughly siliconed in some rocks to hold the soil in place, put a small piece of landscape fabric behind the rocks and added soil. The largest expense was obviously the tank itself. The issue with this type of set-up and hermit crabs is that they like to burrow into the bank, so you'll end up with murky water without a lot of filtration.
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you can actually build a nice paludarium on a decent budget. will it be a tidal tank, no freaking way!! but a sweet paludarium for some sort of crabs or newts can easily be done a on a budget.

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My mom brought of the idea of making one for some anoles. They're so cute, and I imagine they'd be perfect in a little paludarium, right? Or salamanders.

Or a snake. I'd love a snake.

"Aquariums are like science, art, and hypno-therapy, all rolled into one," I insisted.
"You're not putting a hundred gallon tank in the living room," my roommate replied.



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I used to keep land hermit crabs, and even though they are terrestrial, most types still require access to both fresh and salt water deep enough for them to be submerged in. They fill their shells with water and carry it around to keep their abdomen moiste, and they mix fresh and salt water to get the right balance of pH and salinity. The only kind I know of where it is generally acceptable to only provide them with fresh water is the most common one with the roundish, smooth purple claw, known as the "purple pincher". They also require high humidity as despite being terrestrial, they still have modified gills which need to stay moist. If the humidity is too low, they will slowly suffocate to death as their gills harden over the course of up to a year.

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Anoles would be cool, so would something like an eyelash crested gecko. I originally was going to build my paludarium for either a tree boa or tree python, until i saw their price....lol most snakes are going to hide, so you'll probably never see them. And if you like handling snakes, you have to build so you can find/remove them. Research, research, research. Can't stress that enough. Choose the inhabitant first, then build to suit.

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Anoles would be cool, but with them I would definitely down-play the water part, and you're going to want height.
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Anoles would be cool, but with them I would definitely down-play the water part, and you're going to want height.
+1 on that, and lots of foliage.

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