Hello, I have already posted this on another forum, but I'd like some more opinions from an aquascaping point of view.
I am preparing a 72L tank for my baby razorback musk turtle, Gene. His species should (hopefully) allow for a planted tank with fish, and he will need a basking platform so, finding those pre-made plastic platforms really ugly, I set my mind on making a paludarium with a planted shelf on which (s)he can haul out should he wish to do so.
Since posting on the other forum, I have already built a 15x25cm shelf out of plexiglas, with polymer clay fake rock dividers, and I have glued it to the walls and driftwood with epoxy putty. Later I'll add some more support with another piece of driftwood and some plexiglas props. Right now it looks like this:
On the shelf I'll probably plant a mix of terrestrial (fern, soleirolia) and emersed plants (Hemianthus callitrichoides, Utricularia graminifolia, moss), with different substrates and umidity levels.
Do you think it will hold? Do you foresee any problems?
The driftwood will have creeping moss and Anubias nana.
For the bottom I have made substrate dividers out of polymer clay, and I'd like to plant the back corners with DHG, UG, HC. I'm unsure if I should add something in the back left corner, the one that's not under the platform. I have some Vall var. tortifolia and E. tenellus from my betta bowl, but I'm not sure about adding them in. Maybe some thin-leaved java fern/ crypt/ echinodorus?
I don't plan to use very high lighting, maybe a LED bulb added to my turtle's UV, nor CO2, but since I'm not interested in superfast growth I don't think it'll be a problem (but if you disagree please correct me). I think the turtle should provide adequate fertilization (again, if I'm wrong please tell me).
I'll use a canister filter, and I've planned to build the intake tube into the platform.
I would like to add 6-8 white cloud mountain minnows.
I think that's all, sorry for the long post!
Any advice or suggestion would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance