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Hi all,

I am currently in the process of designing my first paludarium. Basically Im going all out. Im gonna build a 5'L x 3'H x 3'W enclosure. There are just a few things I am unsure of, and if someone could point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.

1) what is the rule of thumb for lighting wattage? I used to keep reef tanks but I have a feeling Metal Halides would be entirely too bright. for land plants/critters

2) I plan on having a 30 gal tank underneath my set up which I will use to drain the land portion. Having drained through the soil before draining to my plumbing system, I have a pretty good feeling that the drainage water will be high in minerals. would it be ok to reuse this water for my 'rain' system. or could this water possibly be no good for rainwater in the sense that it might not be good for animals to drink.

My gut is telling me that it should be fine to use but I want to be sure.

3) I was considering making the water section a African Cichlid set up. Would this be a bad idea, since the land critters might drink the high PH water?


Thanks in advance
 
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