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Old 05-25-2012, 03:02 AM
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Default 1st Paludarium build. 30g

After many hours of research on this forum I decided to try my hand at building a paludarium...

This is the 1st foam and is curing... Still need to add more foam and do some carving...

I plan on coco fiber for the back wall and colored sand for below the waterline.

the land side is going to have a false bottom and I have some peaces of slate I'm going to put between the glass and the ramp to hide the GS.

The right side is going to be a 2 tier waterfall with a removable "door" for access to the pump and filter media. The middle pool on the waterfall will hold an ultrasonic fogger in a cup to keep it at the proper depth.



I have no clue what I'm going to plant(other than moss)...


Questions, comments, and suggestions welcomed.


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here you can see the yellow cup for the fogger. The blue tube is for the fogger power wire, the pvc hiding there is for the pump power cord and the clear/white tube is the waterfall supply.
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:20 AM
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Verry cool. I cant wait to see more pics.

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Default Re: 1st Paludarium build. 30g

You might not want that ultrasonic fogger in there as it will get really hot and can burn the frogs skin. Good Luck!
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:20 AM
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You might not want that ultrasonic fogger in there as it will get really hot and can burn the frogs skin. Good Luck!
Well as of now I have no plans for animals but the fogger is going to be protected by an egg crate "cage". Ultrasonic foggers don't use heat and don't get hot but you don't want to come in contact with the focal point of the fogger as it can drive water under the skin and boy does it hurt.

Here is a snip from Humidifier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Ultrasonic Humidifier — A metal diaphragm vibrating at an ultrasonic frequency creates water droplets that silently exit the humidifier in the form of a cool fog. Ultrasonic humidifiers use a piezo-electric transducer to create a high frequency mechanical oscillation in a body of water. The water tries to follow the high frequency oscillation but cannot because of its comparative weight and mass inertia. Thus, a momentary vacuum is created on the negative oscillation, causing the water to cavitate into vapor. The transducer follows this with a positive oscillation that creates high pressure compression waves on the water’s surface, releasing tiny vapor molecules of water into the air. This is an extremely fine mist, about one micrometre in diameter, that is quickly absorbed into the air flow."



Will post a build update with photos later tonight.
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Ok well I did some carving and added more foam... the water fall is coming along well but the top pool is a little square. I'm gonna have to work on giving it a more natural look tomorrow.

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Looks very detailed!! Good work!
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Looks very nice good job.

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Old 05-29-2012, 01:46 AM
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So I added more foam and did a lot of carving on the waterfall... I sill need one more can of GS to fill some gaps and to build up the lower part of waterfall a little more.

I added a small tube to both the pockets in the background that drains to just below the egg crate.

I was a little worried about stagnant water under the land so I added a small tube to gravity feed water from the middle pool of the waterfall to under the false bottom. I also added 3 tubes to the wall behind the slate to help let the water out.


here are some photos... After a few notes
-I put the slate peaces in for the photos and I plan on leaving them loose so I can remove them for cleaning.
-I have not started the door for the waterfall but I placed the egg crate peace there for the photo.
-The false bottom is not secure... Still deciding on the water level so I have not built the supports yet.


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I would run a bead of silicone along the vertical seams where the great stuff touches the glass, for added strength. I've had great stuff peel off the glass, especially when its wet.
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:25 PM
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Default Re: 1st Paludarium build. 30g

Cool design, I especially like the waterfall. I'll be following along.
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