Paludarium

Onoma1

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The experiment begins...

The tank design has been agreed with (the ever patient) Lucy @Aquariums4life, epiweb system II and Hygrolon bought from Marc at dartfrog.co.uk, pipework bought from (the highly recommended) Aquarium Plumbing.co.uk. Fogger bought from ebay, terrestrial plants sourced from a local garden centre and grown in , substrate bought from @Aquarium Gardens. Pump, external heater and co2 system ready.

All I need to do now is build the diy temporary cabinet, wait for the aquarium to be built and delivered...

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Deano3

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Me to this should be great and something i would love to try in future.

Dean

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This has been a 'learning experience' *. I am still developing this and haven't scaped it properly yet. I have plants arriving from ProShrimp (I tried AG however most of the plants I wanted were out of stock :eek:) so I took a punt on ProShrimp**. The ever helpful @Steve Buce has supplied some buce - which look amazing. I have had a Dusk Moss Mix growing in containers for four months, it's just starting to develop and should be ready to put on in a month or so.

The first picture is of siliconing the Epiweb II in. It looks and feels like very stiff coarse filter material. Despite the negative comments on social media it's fairly easy to cut and the drip system provided by Marc worked well. He also provided a few offcuts which were particularly useful in forming planters.

I couldn't buy any scaping materials, however, used an old beech root (from a hedge that was grubbed up) which was boiled and scaped for 3 hours, a bit of driftwood found in a stream and piece of beech root used in my last scape. The base was lava rock and I put a piece on top of some of the wood to hold it in place and then decided to keep it place and use it as a growing medium. My principle in this was that much of the hardscape will be (hopefully) covered with plants in the very near future.

The space at the back of the tank will be planted and has a grow light. The idea behind this is to start to cover the back and sides of the tank with plants and to provide white spaces which shine through when you look through the paludarium. I was more interested in the negative space between the pieces and the shadows cast by the hardscape. If this makes any sense?

The soil substrate is Velda Lelite water lilly aquatic compost (blue loam with peat) mixed with John Innes Number 3, topped off with AquaGrowth Soil.

I put the terrestrial plants where they looked ok and where I think they will be ok...any advice welcome! I bought some small ones a few months back (before lockdown) from my local garden centre and grew them on, however, couldn't locate any other suitable plants.

The right hand side isn't finished yet and will be filled with a carved polystyrien piece covered in hygrolon.

The outflow needs attention, however, the system that I need to fit the pipework comes from the US and is out of stock atm so I jury rigged up something...

*Any advice or comments are very, very welcome
**yes I do feel guilty
 

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mort

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Really like it, been planning something similar for a while now buts it's on the back burner for now, so very excited to see how this progresses.
 

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A quick update.

After an initial crypt melt the immersed plants seem to be growing in. The low light combined with my choice of plants mean its going to be a slow process. The Green Neons seem to like the darker conditions with soft water and are settling in.

I have attached a couple of photos of sections from the tank.
 

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Onoma1

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OK so an update. This hasn't been an easy process and keeping the humidity high enough on the planted wall has been problematic.

Epiweb does not retain water and indeed sheds it quite quickly. This has meant that some plants didn't get enough water. I will need to add a layer of hygrolon onto the epiweb.

More Silicone needs to be placed between the epiweb and the back of the tank. This is because water tends to flow towards the back of the epiweb rather than the front. So its dripping where the moss cannot get at it.


Any advice, comments or suggestions for plants are more than welcome.
 

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Onoma1

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A brief update. The paludarium is developing slowly. A few pictures are attached.

The high has been that that the Dwarf Pencil Fish are breeding and seem to be doing quite well. I started with three and now have nine.

The low point was when the Buce were decimated by the shrimp when I added nettles. They seemed to go into a feeding frenzy and stripped the nettles and surrounding Buce almost overnight.

I have added a dwarf ficus and a few other plants and will spend the next few weeks adding more terrestrial moss to cover the bare patches.

Learning a great deal from this experience....⁰
 

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mort

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Really nice tank. The pencilfish are a great addition.
 
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