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Lightbulb birds in fully planted tank?

so i recently built a 2' x 6' hood for my 125 fully planted community tank. so now its almost like there are two tanks one on top of the other and i was thinking about somthing small to put in this hood/terrarium i was thinking house geckos but they would prolly drown, so i was then thinking what if i add two zebra finches? would they create to much poop and make my tank nasty or maybe eat my fish? (angels, swordtails, danios, plecos, tetras) would there poop be fertilizer or something worse? would they eat my plants? any suggestions would be very helpful, thanks
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I think the poop would be the problem plus the fact that they are messy as hell. I wouldn't do it


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The poop won't be the problem for you. Finch feed will be.
No matter how many times you try to train them, finches never get the hang of using a spoon so seed flies everywhere. Plus, some makes it though the digestive tract intact. You'll end up with a lot of unintended plants.
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Poor birds....
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Just like fish in a bird cage, you would kill them pretty quickly that way. During the day, the lights will roast them, at night the humidity would mess up their lungs (yeah they have lungs, not gills).

Really bad idea.


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They way you would've had it, it wouldn't have worked. Though, I know that somone made a planted paludarium with birds, I just can't remember where.
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really bad idea.
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so there is no land i loaded pictures up but how do i put them on the forum, anyways there is no ground for the seeds to grow in unless they grow under water, also i haven't put a front on it, in fact i am not even done with the inside stuff yet, the pictures will show, i also thought of covering (were there food will be) with plexiglass on the top of the water on one side so the majority of the poop and food would fall on removable plastic instead of in my filter intake, i can still put wire over the front instead of glass for humidity issues. both options are still open.
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ok i added them as attachments, as you can see i need to add the moss to the backround still, and the only land is in the right hand corner with two plants, as you can see it is still a build in progress. you can't see into my tank very well, nor do i have my main light fixture cuz i am still working on the mounting, so i have my temporary back up lights on for now. and forgive the mess. i put the bottle in there so everyone would have a good idea how much room i am dealing with.
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Here is they guy who has finches in his set up. This set up was a big inspiration for my tank. I hope to imitate it more closely in the future.
http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums...d.php?t=178509


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It is just a bad idea. It is going to be too hot and too cruel for the birds. No matter what, it will be too humid.

Please don't do this.
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I read through that article awhile back and was really amazed at the work he had put into his tank. Unless you have a big open space for the finchs to move around freely they'll probably just die. You should give that article a read if you haven't already.
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i keep finches/canarys in an avairy and in a cage and belive me the amount of poo they do will absolutly destroy your tank and agrreing with others the seed shells will also spray all into the tank.
Another thing that loads of other people have said is the care for the birds, obviously finches being a bird that will live in fairly cold to warm conditions are not suited to live in the moist/humid area you are planning and the added fact of the heat from the bulbs
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his brid looks pretty happy and healthy. whats the difference between putting a birdcage in my fish room and biulding one atop my tank? the humidity lvls would be around 40-70 percent, thats the same as almost any nice summer day, whats the difference? he would have a little over 12 square feet of flying living area. thats bigger then the birdcages with 15 or so at the pet stores. and even if the bird is messy, when my parents use to raise cockateils they weren't even messy until you got multiple birds. i only want two finches, or what about canarys, thanks for all the help everybody.
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