Quazi Paludarium Build?
Well, this is my first post here! I'm looking to convert my Eclipse II 19h x 24l x 12w glass tank into some form of a Paludarium. More along the lines of creating a back waterfall feature cresting 2" from the top and the water level down 6" to 8" from the top of the tank. No reptiles, just planted tank, driftwood, rocks, fish and shrimps. So I'm not sure what to actually call this build? Quazi Paludarium? Water level will be about 1/2 of the tank, say maybe another 1" down from the base of the waterfall. Looking to buld the waterfall out of egg crate/plastic mesh and black handi-foam pond foam, leaving mesh exposed in the bottom 1/4 for flow to the pump/filter. The mesh will be painted black (Krylon Fusion Paint) to fade away in the background. I plan to have a 350gph pump (with flow control valve under) the waterfall area, under a removable lid for access. Might also install a small internal filter, but not forsure on that? Since I'll have the waterfall area taking up about 1/3 the width of the tank by the entire length of the tank, am thinking of lighting with a 26 watt PC clip fixture. Wondering if this will be adequate lighting for a few background stems, midground ferns and foreground moss plants? 2" to 3" of substrate depth, so water depth will be around 10" to 12" deep. I'm not sure how to post pics here on this site yet? A similar build is in a store called Aquatic Warehouse in San Diego. Am taking my ideas from that and the pics I took on my cell phone camera.
Wondering if there are any Paludarium builders or anyone here on this sforum with any insight or experience on the waterfall building part and what to use as a lid? 1" or 2" foam, covered with epoxy paint and hand-foam? Thanks in advance for your insight and help.