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Water Portion Of Paludarium Ecosystem

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Hey guys, I have been working on this Paludarium for awhile now. It is in a 40 gallon tank, recently upgraded from a 10. I need your aquatic knowledge, as I am trying to create a basically self sustaining ecosystem minus crickets for the frogs, and water for evaporation. So what would you do to help make a stable ecosystem?

Notes - For the water portion I believe I have 2 green cobomba plants, and one plant of an unknown name. I introduced some algae from our pond, but that hasn't taken off yet as I only added that yesterday.

Tank - 40 gallon Paludarium

Substrate - thin layer of turtle pebbles, then an inch and a half - 2 inches of fish rocks.

Filtration - 55 gallon waterfall filter

Pets - 3 fire bellied toads

Lighting - one 13 watt 6500k CFL

Temperature - anywhere from 67-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Warmer during day, cooler at night.

Photo Period - 10-12 hours of light a day

Other: I have 3 lucky bamboo plants above water to help take care of water nitrates, as well as 3 peacock fern plants.
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I don't have any experience with a paludarium but in an aquarium, lots of plants, small fauna, low/medium light and small doses of nutrients for the plants make a stable environment.

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Though we try to the best of our abilities, our small aquariums are unable to simulate nature and the processes that 'balance' ecosystems in the long term.

I too lack alot of experience with these systems, but if you are feeding live food I would guess that some waste will build up over time. I would suggest that because of this you do occosional water changes. Invest in a gravel cleaner and root around in the substrate a bit and I guarentee you are gonna find it is full of pure vile nastiness in no time.

Additionally, I wouldn't bother trying to introduce any algae to the system, over time it has a way of finding its way in there weather you want it or not.

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IMO you would need A LOT more plants to not have to worry about nitrates building up. Especially since you hardly have any water volume to work with.

Also, 13 watts of light on a 40 gal tank seems pretty low to get the fast growth that you'll need if you want the plants to keep the water clean for you.
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Thanks for the opinions!

mmelnick, its really 13 watts for probably a 5 gallon long, because there is really not a whole lot of water in there. I don't know whats going to happen lol. I am pretty new to this stuff, but I do know that the frogs are really small only about 1 inch long. and they don't produce a large amount of waste. I guess ill be doing water changes and the regular practice (: no biggy. I wonder if there is any kind of fish I could put in there that would help take care of the frog poo.
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