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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-21-2003, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 29gallon aquarium that I want to make into a paludarium. I am to the point now where I want to add terrestrial plants. I have a Jalli Power Compact light with two 55W 7100K daylight bulbs. Currently the tank has two large pieces of Malaysian driftwood on which I want to place the plants. The tank dimensions are 30"x12"x18" and it is filled halfway with water. The current plants I have are Cryptocoryne ciliata, Java Fern, and mangrove seedlings. The current fish are three clown loaches, two Siamese algae eaters, a rainbow shark and two archerfish. The plants I want to get for the terrestrial part are tropical pitcher plants and ant plants. I may try some epiphytic orchids as well.

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I was looking at getting plants from a company called Black Jungle Terrarium Supply. Has anyone purchased from them and have you had good results with their livestock and service?

For this tank I do not have a cover. I would like the plants to grow up the top if possible. I heard that the pitcher plants can produce some vines. Will I have enough humidity with an open top, as pitchers, orchids, and ant-plants require a good amount of humidity? I would be willing to mist and/or purchase a fogger. Also will the light be too warm for them if they are placed approx 4-6" below the bulbs?
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I ordered plants from Black Jungle 2 weeks ago. The plants looked very nice when they arrived. I didn't order any livestock yet though.
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i don't know about the plants, but your tank is way overstocked! Two Archer fish? They are brackish and need like 55 gallons for each! The clownloachs can get like 12-16 inchs even though most of them don't and the rainbow shark really needs a full 40 gallons or more. Your tank probalily has about 15 or 16 gallons or water and that is way to small, better get rid of all those fish, and get something small like danios, or some type of tetra.
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All of the fish with the exception of the archers were previously in a 10 gallon tank. The clown loaches are from 4-6 years old, the SAE's are 2-3 years old and the shark is 4 years old, and I never had problems in the ten gallon. Plus I used to have five harlequin rasboras in that tank as well for 5-6 years. The archers may get bigger in which case I will sell them or get a bigger tank. They were originally in freshwater when I bought them and I have them for about 8 months. I am more concerned with people giving me ideas regarding the terrestrial plants, but I guess I will have to contact Black Jungle regarding their care.
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you guys dont have stores where you can buy your plants??
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Guest: Terrarium plants are generally specialty plants that aren't likely to be carried at a local store as there isn't much demand for them.
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You can find them anywhere

Look at wall mart lots of sutible terrarium plants but only if your a plant expert because most of there plants dont have specific labels. Also try petco or petsmart.
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try this site. It's somewhat pricey. I would search for forums catering to carnivorous plants for better deals and maybe swaps.
Also, they usually do much better in very pure water. tap water/ fish water has too much dissolved organics in it. It would work if you placed them far above the water line.

Home depot carries epiphytes. And both Home Depot and Osh carry marginals.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-19-2006, 05:43 AM
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For plants and great Broms. check out the cargo report at www.tropiflora.com
I have ordered twice plants from Blackjungle and allways received small somewhat poor quality plants. The guys are nice and the hardscape I bought from them is excellent. Also there frogs are top notch..
Also checkout the links page at www.dendroboard.com for more resources.
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