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.
My two Questions:
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?