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Old 08-01-2020, 01:56 AM
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Default Newbie Build - ZooMed 18x18x36 Paludarium

Hey, Dendroboard! I'm brand new to the vivarium/paludarium scene. I've been a freshwater planted tank guy for about 6 years. I got a chance to try out a Zoo Med 18x18x36 paludarium and jumped on it. Didn't keep good photos of the build process and I'm sure I made a ton of mistakes. Here's the fully planted result. I know it will require revision over time. I expected a lot of things to show up smaller than they are, but that's ok. Also, I think the high heat during shipping killed the moss slurry, so a lot of that will have to be replaced, too. Wish I'd found this board before I did my build! There are some truly inspiring works here.

I'm already set on building a big paludarium as a future project with a ton of lessons learned on this small one. Worked out that way with my planted tanks, too. I went from a 29g low-tech to a 150g high-tech.

No livestock plans other than fish or crabs, but I need to get the top 2/3 in better shape before I do that.

Constructive critique welcome!


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Old 08-01-2020, 02:06 AM
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Default Re: Newbie Build - ZooMed 18x18x36 Paludarium

looks nice, maybe some reed frogs? but I'm not sure.
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:48 AM
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It looks absolutely beautiful, you have a great talent at design and build. What are you planning to stock it with?
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Old 08-01-2020, 03:02 AM
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Default Re: Newbie Build - ZooMed 18x18x36 Paludarium

I wanted to do Vampire Crabs, but I don't think I have enough horizontal land access for them, so I've pretty much bagged that idea. Once I grow in more plants on the bottom half -- some java fern and more moss -- I'll probably go with Celestial Pearl Danios or Dwarf Emerald Rasboras. Two of my favorite fish ever, and they'll do really well in a one-species tank. I've got a pair of L-201 Plecos that are only a couple inches long that would go well in there. I never see them in their current tank anyway.

Thanks for the nice comments!
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