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Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:39 pm
by Chasmodes
Nice looking tank! How did the testing go?

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:39 pm
by Steve C
Nice and dry. Left water in it for 3 days and no issues.

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:49 pm
by Chasmodes
Fantastic! I'm so looking forward to watching your progress on this project.

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:30 pm
by Steve C
Took some time today to get back to work on the paludarium. I decided to airbrush a sky with clouds onto the back glass, then back lit it with a full spectrum LED light to give it a more realistic pop. really happy with the way that came out. Built a stand for it now but still have the skin and finish the stand. Starting to plant some of the bonsai trees and plants to form islands. Just mocking up rocks right now to get some ideas, still have a lot more to do till it is finished but starting to get into the fun part now at least.

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Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:35 pm
by Deeda
I love the painted background and the way you back lit it!

Nice job on the rock pile and bonsai on the left. Are/will you be using pond foam to secure the rocks to each other?

The island on the right will look cool once water is added.

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:29 pm
by Steve C
The rocks are actually siliconed together to secure them. The way I did it was the silicone about 5-10 rocks per pile together. That way they fit together like a jig saw puzzle lol. I figure that way I can rearrange them when/if I want and just refit them together in different configurations without worrying that they will fall and hit the glass.

Just picked up 100lbs of PFS about 10 mins ago so gonna play around with building up the islands some more now today.

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:40 pm
by Chasmodes
That looks fantastic! Nice work on the background!

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:27 am
by Steve C
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Put about 8 more hours into the paludarium today. It's enjoyable, yet so frustrating. Trying to get rocks just right so the waterfall runs down correctly and get the flow adjusted right. Then making sure certain plants are above water and other with roots in water. Definitely a lot more goes into one of these than I first anticipated. About halfway done now, starting to shape up nicely.

Video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZuUYFEjkJM

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:06 am
by Chasmodes
Looks great! Maybe airbrush the wall behind with the same pattern...is that doable? Did you get the newts yet?

Man, it really looks like the sun wants to poke through the clouds. Nicely done. I am considering doing a shadowbox background for my oyster reef tank, using backlighting in a similar way. Down the road though, because I have a lot of work to do to get that project going.

What filtration are you using?

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:42 pm
by Steve C
Originally I thought about doing some water/wave paint work on the wall but decided against it, just seemed like it might be a bit too much. So this way I think the tank background pops more. Decided against newts. Did some more reading on them and found they actually are climbers so with the low front panel they may escape. So probably going with some guppies and or neons and CAE and maybe some shrimp, but not sure on the shrimp yet. Using a 404b for filtration. Figure there's probably only 20g of water in it so even with 404b it is pretty well over filtered for whatever I put in it.

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:51 pm
by Chasmodes
I used to collect and keep my own salamanders. Of course, you'd need to check your states laws. I kept Eastern spotted salamanders, Northern red salamanders, and a marbled salamander. They were awesome pets. I wound up donating them to a nature center when I moved. But, I had them for five years. The ate just about any insect that I put in there, including my leftover spikes and waxworms at the end of ice fishing season. But they're favorite food was earthworms. I always fed them after a rain when the worms were easily collected on the sidewalk. Perhaps you can collect your own amphibians... Not only were mine colorful, but entertaining as well. They became quite tame in a short amount of time. They'd hide until they saw you open the tank, with only their heads poking out of their hidey holes. Then, when I'd open the tank, they'd come out looking to be fed. You have to be careful to make sure that they're all about the same size though, because I learned quickly that they were cannibalistic.

My buddy kept them too. And, come to think of it, he had problems with them climbing out. He didn't have a lid on his tank. I had a lid on my tank, so I didn't have problems. So, I thought that maybe there could be a way to keep them in without a lid. Maybe just have a lip of glass or something that they can't negotiate, kinda like the border wall, LOL. No matter what you do, the project looks great and I look forward to seeing it though on here.

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 6:52 pm
by Steve C
Basically finished it today. Other than moving over a group of about 25 bloody mary shrimp I just got for it, and add a shoal of cardinal tetras to it as well.

First here's a vid of it- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiJtNPrpJE8&t=4s

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Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2020 7:30 pm
by Deeda
:dancing: Beautiful job, the pics look great and the video gave a great sense of the lushness of this set up.

Any chance of posting an equipment list of this set up?

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 2:08 pm
by Chasmodes
Wow...I mean WOW! That is amazing! You put a ton of work into this project and got it up in a short amount of time. Well done!

Re: New project 75g paludarium

PostPosted: Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:32 pm
by Steve C
Here's a brief list of the equipment Deeda-

75g tank cut down to 8" front
PFS & pebble substrate
Rock islands built up with brick underlayments
Sunsun 404b filtration (also powers the main waterfall on the left of tank)
two 70gph pumps for the two waterfalls on the right of tank
200w heater
4ft LED light behind tank for back lighting of the airbrushed sky
Two full spectrum LEd grow lights
4ft LEd shop light
Two LED flood lights