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55 Gallon Paludarium build.

Posted 01-11-2017 at 02:41 AM by Irving

After Christmas I have been able to order some more plants. This time from Andy's Orchids. Andy is very helpful and spent a lot of time with me on the phone while I put together a package of plants, and I was not at all disappointed when they arrived. Though on the pricey side, the delivery is very reasonable and the quality was very high.
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Included was a surprise bonus plant. I'm pretty sure this an Oncidium (Tolumnia) velutinum. Which likes to be a bit more on the dry side and full light. Here it is placed on the top left of the tank (and this picture) close to the lights but away from the left nozzle output.
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Panning left to right: I also picked up a mini Bromeliad from a home depot which was reduced to $3 so I couldn't resist picking up to see how it does. To the right of that on it's stick is the Bolbophyllum alaganse, and below that a Podochilus muricatus which I removed from its slab and wedged into the cork. I'm actually finding it hard to find shady spots in this tank.
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Next there is a Epidendrum Nanodes porpax which I took of the stick and stapled to the back wall (the flowers are on the way out unfortunately) and below that is a lovely little fern, Asplenium oligophlebium, planted as an epiphyte in a crack between two branches.
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Lastly at the right of the tank is a Cadetia taylori (glaucous leaf) still on the stick it was mounted on so that I can move this if I need access to some of the workings (surface skimmer / heater) down below. Again not sure if there is too much light or not but its all an experiment I guess.
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I ordered a surface floating plant called Azolla caroliniana from Black Jungle terrariums as I heard rumor it could grow nicely on the banks of the water. I was very disappointed when it arrived though as it was barely visible among all the duck weed in the bag. They kindly gave me a refund and I threw it all away. I did manage to salvage one tiny peice however and it has spread beautifully. Here it can be seen growing on wood at the left and right sides of the tank where I have been diligently spreading it out. It forms really nice shelves of foliage.
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And so lastly here is a picture of the whole tank. I have recently re-introduced various shrimp and it is a joy having them cleaning the tank for me!
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  1. Old Comment
    This is amazing. I'm using this as inspiration for a 55gal paludarium i'm making rn. Thanks for sharing.
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    Posted 05-19-2017 at 12:55 PM by TheDartDude TheDartDude is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Thanks. I'm going to post some updates soon. Still debating what livestock to have in there other than Shrimp.

    Keep me informed of your build would love to see how it goes...


    [quote=TheDartDude;bt3546]This is amazing. I'm using this as inspiration for a 55gal paludarium i'm making rn. Thanks for sharing.[/quote]
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    Posted 05-19-2017 at 05:47 PM by Irving Irving is offline
 
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