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paludarium info

I'm in search of some paludarium info.

I have a X-tall 20 gallon, 20Lx10Dx22H. Currently I have it set up as a planted tank but that is being swapped out to a 20H, 24Lx12Dx16H.

So here is what I have started planning, I would like to set this up with water predominately, with a couple plants growing from a log or something of that sort. I would like to make the water feature about 6" deep, adding aquatic plants here.

One issue I am struggling with is lighting. Currently, I am running 2 15" 14W light fixtures, but I have available a 24" 20W, it would sit over the tank a little bit. I would like to have the ability to a heat lamp over top so that if I want to add some reptiles to this I can (thats something else I'm looking for information on.

And thats as far as I've gotten. Just need some info to help me build this.

Look forward to some input.

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Not sure what specific info you are looking for, but here's something that stood out to me. In such a short (lengthwise) tank, laying a heat lamp on top is going to cook live plants. It will dry out your land section in no time, even with a lower wattage bulb. You may be best to ditch the heat lamp idea and go instead with some amphibian that doesn't need one.

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im looking for build information, i know how id like it to look, just dont know the lagistics of it.
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Well this is my article as to setting up a viv. As far as a paludarium, I'd probably still use some sort of false bottom technique to allow water to pass under the land without it saturating your growing media. As far as herps go, you're probably looking at salamanders and aquatic frogs, or some sort of semi-aquatic frog that is a good swimmer.

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I'm in search of some paludarium info.
One issue I am struggling with is lighting. Currently, I am running 2 15" 14W light fixtures, but I have available a 24" 20W, it would sit over the tank a little bit. I would like to have the ability to a heat lamp over top so that if I want to add some reptiles to this I can (thats something else I'm looking for information on.
I would stay away from reptiles, especially ones that require heat for digestion. If you put these guys into a paludarium, you are going to run into a very messy and bacteria laden environment that is going to need to be cleaned on a regular basis and it is going to be a bacteria magnet. Reptiles are known for deficating and urinating in standing water which is great if you change out their water bowl every day/every couple of days. It is very bad, though, for environments where you want to keep fish/anphibians/etc.

Like mentioned above, stick with smaller amphibians. You might still have some water quality issues because of feedings, but it won't be as bad as having reptiles. Green tree frogs, red eye tree frogs, or some other types of frogs would probably work well. Dart frogs, however, would not be a good choice. They aren't good swimmers.

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You might want to check out http://www.dendroboard.com/ .

It is a good forum for vivariums and paludariums. If nothing else, it is a good source for ideas.

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If anyone is looking for inspiration here is a Paludarium I found on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiTvj...e=channel_page
I think he updated it and has some pets in it now.
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