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  1. Hello Everybody, Some of you may remember my past thread outlining the build of my first paludarium (http://www.qldaf.com/forums/photography-video-lounge-23/paludarium-57620/), well after almost a year of growth, the tank was doing really well but soon started to get out of control as i struggled balancing exams and hobbies. The tank eventually fell into a state of disrepair (after the livestock had been removed). Cutting a long story short I've decided to get the tank going again, except this time with much more of a focus on the fish; System Objective - Tanganyikan display tank - the lake shore Livestock: - Colony of Shelldwellers (Multifasciatus, Similis) Plants: - Dwarf Papyrus - Watercress - Unknown Variety Substrate: - Bunnings Play Sand - Rockwork - Rocks found in our paddock Filtration: - Eheim 2224 The Good Part, Pictures... Blank Canvas: Plants Hidden by 'False' Wall: Rockwork and Sand in Place: Aerial View:
  2. Hey fellow QLDAF'ers! I'm creating a Paludarium for my HSC And I want some suggestions. Firstly, I need to know some good plant species to use that are available in Australia, most of the info I can find is about the US. Secondly, I just want some ideas on the stocking list, at the moment I'm thinking Archers, Pictus Cats and maybe a Flagtail. And last but not least, a good supplier of nice rocks and stones etc. Thanks y'all!
  3. I have a 4x2x27inch tank that I need to get the front piece of glass removed and either cut to 12inches or a piece of starfire fitted. so the panel would be approx 120cm x 30cm. The current glass is 10mm so I would be requiring the same thickness. I believe it would need a brace fitted to the top edge as well. I can deliver the tank to you as well. If possible could you quote me on what it would cost to complete the job using both the current and starfire. Cheers Jeff
  4. Hey everyone! I've decided that I'm going to attempt a paludarium in a 4 foot tank I have. Its going to be designed for south american cichlids and a small turtle. Im not overly sure on stocking yet but I've been toying with: -Blue acara (but they get fairly large) or possibly -Some ram's I won't lie it's the first time I would have kept Americans so I'm not really sure what goes well with what? Any idea's? Keeping in mind not to small the turtle will annoy them too much. Any way back to the paludarium itself. Now I've thought about the design alot but as its my first attempt I was hoping for some pointers of feedback. 1. I have the idea of using a submersed filter and the return to be attached to pvc piping to supply the water fall/"rainmaker". Does any have any ideas on this? Will there be enough pressure etc etc? 2. The false bottom? What would be the best thing to make this out of? 3. The barrier between water and land, any ideas? I'm just thinking a piece of PVC or something hidden in the substrate? Look in all honesty guys I would love any feedback! Stocking suggestions both for plants and fish? And any ideas to do with the set up! Thanks heaps, Nathan
  5. Hello, Though some of you might be interested... Since December of last year i have been scheming and planning a paludarium build, ever since I a saw a brackish mudskipper paludarium in an aquarium book. My parents took some convinving considering i already had two 3 footer's and numerous breeding tanks filled with fry only 8 months since seriously starting the hobby. Anyway, after many hours of researching and showing my mother pictures of beautiful paludariums i convinced them both and they commissioned a custom built tank for me, which i recieved on my birthday. Current FTS: The Tank's Specs: Length:90cm Width:70cm Height:70cm Water Volume: Give or take a little about 40 litres Lighting: 2 x Aquaone T8's - Daylight Globes (Maybe not the best but the plant growth i have seen is incredible) Heating: - 55 Watt Aquone Heater Water Stocking: >30 guppies (Mainly Babies) - Peppered Cories Land Inhabitants: - Green and Brown Tree Frogs Planting: - Any plants at the bunnings indoor section that tickled my fancy Maintenance: - Weekly 50% waterchange - Spray land section with mister spray bottle thingy every two to three days - Frogs are fed every second day - Fish Fed twice a day Water Parameters: pH:7.6 Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: 7.0ppm (Very Lucky and Hapy with These) The tank was built by Aquarium Factory outlet in Toowoomba (Great Shop), the glass is only 6ml thick to reduce cost and in any case the wtaer level was only going to be low (No need for thick glass). There are vents fitted on both sides of the tank to reduce humidity for the frogs which i planned to keep in the tank. The paludarium differs in one key aspect to most others i have seen and read about there is no clear division between land and water creating the ultimate mini ecosystem. The build started in late February of this year with the aquiation of some gravel and ecocomplete planting substrate, after my mum got me kick started with these we went into a near by paddock and picked up a great log to act as the divion between land and water. After thoroughly washing the gravel and log scaping began. Two retaining walls were built either side of the log using large flat pieces of rock and slate, after the walls were built large 2-3cm pieces of gravel were collected from our neighbours creek and filled into the back section behind the log to form the deph of land that would be submerged under water level about 15cm was seen to be enough. Soil was then taken from my dad's compost heap and landscaped ontop of the gravel to form the true land section. The choice of this method was simple it was the easiest option my mum and eye could think to provide an adequate land and water section that were inconnected and coeixisting. The key of the design comes in the filtration provided by the plants who require nitrogen to grow, therefore by giving the plants roots direct acces to nitrate laden water continulally perculating through the gravel (Huge Biological Filtration), the plants abosrb the nitrates through their roots and use these to grow the biological perfect filtration with a constsnt hunger for nitrates. Gravel behind logs and retaining walls: Retaining Wall: Retaining Wall otherside: Please Feel free to ask any qestions! I will continue to update later.
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