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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-16-2016, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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First paludarium and I need some advice

Hi, this is my first post here I believe. Anyways, recently I built a 20 gallon long paludarium to house a fire belly newt. The newt owners fell through and now I have an empty tank lol. I'm thinking of getting some shrimp for the water sectjon, but I need some help getting it up and running correctly. The land plants are doing great, but the ones in the water aren't doing so well. I'm also not sure how to scape it and I'm not very fond of how it looks currently. Any advice is very welcome, I know I need a sponge filter and I'm getting that asap but the layout is what is most concerning right now. Click image for larger version

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what if you built a water fall from one of the coners and on the other side to like some land with moss and create a cave feature with a plant that comes down from the land and hangs into the water to cover the cave? How about some small minows and ghost shrimp for the water?
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Do you want swimming area or a bog?

It's perfect now for swimming area.

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I'm not really sure what I want to do with it. I moved some stuff around recently and added a filter yesterday. There is one waterfall in there but I need a new pump, the waterfall is on the left

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My experience with ghost shrimp hasn't been very good. Someone told me that there's two species of shrimp that look almost the same and one is ghost shrimp and the other can only survive in brackish water. Since then I've been weary of buying them specially since mine usually die

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The whisper micro filter is a powerhead pushing water up a chamber through a cartridge filter. Looks easy enough to camo into a waterfall.

Stick with the main look you have until you get your Amphibians. Perhaps, the needs will change.

Humidity must be near 90%. The plants looks great.

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The filter I have now is a turtle filter rated for 30 gallons. I think there's maybe five or six gallons in there but at least it's clear. I'll look into that filter, thanks for the suggestion. I'm 80% I could hook this filter up to the water fall but I haven't tried it yet due to lack of time and some tubing.

I'm not sure of the humidity. The tank is covered by class except for 1 inch a long the front which I keep mostly covered by cling wrap. I mist it everyday and it seems to be doing well with that schedule except for one plant that hasn't took to being emersed yet.

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Use the filter you have.

The cling wrap isnt necessary. You want some gas exchange.
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Hopefully I get some time this weekend and I can play around with it.

I removed it yesterday, I'm just worried about the plants drying out since they're all aquatics

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I removed it yesterday, I'm just worried about the plants drying out since they're all aquatics
Oh, then just poke the clear wrap with a fork in a few places.

I'm growing some baby Sundews from seeds this way. Still crazy condensation with breather holes. Seedlings are still too small to accept bugs or fish food so covering them is keeping them warm.

You could try U.G. and a pitcher plant in your setup.

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I've decided to go with over grown on the land and few plants in the water. I may pick up a few moss balls

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From the perspective of a fellow newb your tank looks great.
I'd throw a few plastic plants in the water section and add a few small fish (tetras?)
What is that backing material that looks like rock and where did you get it?
How did you make your above water platforms?

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This is a quick update.

The background is broken pieces of cork bark with moss stuffed in the gaps between them.

The platforms are cork bark tubes siliconed to the edges of the tank with egg crate cut to fit in the gap and screen to keep the rocks from falling through.

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The land section is so nice!


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Thanks. I got some moss balls for the water and I want to get some floating plants but not sure where to get some without ordering them

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