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Old 03-20-2019, 01:57 AM
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It's been years and years but I've got a new paludarium up and running! I broke down my last tank in 2014 due to burning out and losing my breeding male from my pair, but this is the last tank I had set up:
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The new tank is a 24x24x36 tank based off a 24x24x12 Deep Sea Blue rimless tank I used when I last had a reef tank set up. I've been getting everything together over the past few months and finally got it up and running last week. It has an internal air circulation system, a fogger and a mistking misting system. Lighting is handled by 3 NanoBoxReef Flares in a freshwater array. Starting to plant now!



It's a 30 gallon blackwater tank on the bottom (with a 10 gallon sump) and the top will house dart frogs and hopefully a Lygodactylus williamsi if I can find one in this area. Unsure of what kind of dart frogs I'll be housing yet except they'll have to raise their own tads.

So far it's the world's most excessive betta tank as this is the only inhabitant




Plans for plants are a focus on ferns and orchids.
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Old 03-20-2019, 03:20 AM
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I really liked reading through your other paludarium thread. It looked very nice. What frogs do you plan on keeping in there? I've had a vision of doing a planted aquarium/dart terrarium combo, but I've never had a planted aquarium, so I've put the idea back. I do love the idea though.

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Thanks! It's down to either Ranitomeya sirensis or going all in with one of the morphs of Oophaga pumilio. Something that will raise its own tads, for certain.
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Few new plants from Glass Box Tropicals





Going to let these settle in before I go all out with stocking it. I went with their mystery boxes for orchids and cuttings and I'm really pleased with the variety they sent!
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First broms are in
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Are you gonna grow any plants in the water? Sorry if that's a stupid question.

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Definitely! Right now there's some narrow leaf java fern and some crypts but they're hard to see in pictures. I'm working on getting longer goosenecks for the lights so they can reach the aquarium portion better. For now they're just barely lighting it and I don't want to chance more plants in there yet.
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Well at least one of the orchids likes it's new habitat


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Looks awesome. I’m currently building my first paludarium along with a Betta.
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Not sure if you've worked with Lygodactylus williamsi before. But for me they are absolutely terrible swimmers. They can swim yes, but the two I have will give up very quickly and sink to the bottom of a pond in no time. It doesn't help that they also seem a bit clumsier than others geckos I've previously kept.

Though as far as Williamsi go, I've only had these two... so ymmv
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That's something I hadn't really considered. They're really that bad? I may be adding a lot more wood to the water area that breaks the surface to help with that issue. Or I may just not go for day geckos in this tank.
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First broms are in
thats looks grate you done a fantastic job
is that a female fighting fish or a young male fighting fish
keep up the good work doing your setup
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It's a male, he's just a Plakat so no huge fins

He actually looks quite a bit different now, the marble gene never actually shuts off so his pattern constantly changes. Right now he has a huge blue splotch on his side.
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If you get a bunch of driftwood or rocks jutting out of The water you could get away with these geckos. However other issues to consider. Only male Williamsi are blue. But even then they are only “electric” blue if their husbandry requirements are well met. Which is challenging to pull off while also keeping the dart frogs happy. They want a basking area, uvb, and less humidity than darts. It’s far more likely they will just be grayish/green geckos that aren’t that fancy looking when sharing a tank with darts.


Not saying you can’t pull it off. But if you are going for cool looking, klemmeri are probably a safer bet.
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I really liked reading through your other paludarium thread. It looked very nice. What frogs do you plan on keeping in there? I've had a vision of doing a planted aquarium/dart terrarium combo, but I've never had a planted aquarium, so I've put the idea back. I do love the idea though.

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Well I never could fix the condensation issue with all that water in the bottom so I got fed up and got rid of it. I also wasn't happy with the amount of land area I had, I wasn't sure if it could support enough microfauna for froglets to feed off of long-term.


It's interesting that I'm losing colors in some broms but gaining harder to achieve colors in others.

Caterpillar fern making a comeback


Can't remember this brom's name but it's blooming and happy
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Well I never could fix the condensation issue with all that water in the bottom so I got fed up and got rid of it. I also wasn't happy with the amount of land area I had, I wasn't sure if it could support enough microfauna for froglets to feed off of long-term.





It's interesting that I'm losing colors in some broms but gaining harder to achieve colors in others.



Caterpillar fern making a comeback





Can't remember this brom's name but it's blooming and happy

I honestly prefer it without water! Looks amazing already.
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Me too! As soon as I finished redecorating it I was like "oh this is how it was meant to be for sure." Absolutely no regrets going this direction.
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Starting to fill it out with plants more.






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Looks awesome, happy to see the plants are continuing to do well.


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Thanks!

I don't know what's different about this one but I've got a crazy number of plants blooming. I guess it's the lights but I figured these plants wouldn't appreciate it like they are. I've got 3 orchids currently blooming, that vriesia is still going and a modena which I can't tell if it's blooming or if it's a new leaf coming in:





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