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    Default My Paludarium Build (timeline)

    I've attempted to provide an Image of the blueprint here, but my uploads continue to be refused with the reply "this is not a valid file". If a moderator or administrator could assist, I will provide the image along with video and photos as the project unfolds.


    I'm a new member here and want to share my paludarium build project as it develops. I'm at the beginning stages and welcome any suggestions you might have on how to improve upon my approach. Hopefully something I'm doing will also help other members.

    My past endeavors have been with reef aquariums, planted tanks, and amphibian/reptile enclosures. This will be my first paludarium. I intend to incorporate some of the techniques from each hobby into the new build. As a result, the approach will be a bit unconventional.

    The picture above is of the initial design which has changed slightly. I have moved the overflow box from the paludarium portion into the planted tank portion. The top of the paludarium section will have a 100% screen top rather than glass/screen. There are several aspects that will go into the design that I will try to address. Some of which are the following.....

    1. The landscape/aquascape design of the paludarium portion of the enclosure.

    The paludarium will have two waterfalls being plumbed up from the sump. One will be a PVC drip system along the rock wall background. The second will be a cascading one that extends from the back right-hand corner to the midsection. The second land mass will be on the opposite side in the back left-hand corner. Of course below the land surface will be the water portion in the foreground of the set up.

    2. The aquascape of the planted tank portion.

    This portion of the enclosure will extend from the floor up to the paludarium section where they connect at mid-height. The water will flow from one to the other. The triangular background above the planted tank will also have a rock wall and PVC drip showering over it.

    3. The sump design beneath the paludarium portion.

    The sump approach with mechanical biological and chemical filtration is where the build gets a bit "unconventional". It will be somewhat of a hybrid system incorporation techniques from both fresh and saltwater aquariums. For example, I will be using my saltwater protein skimmer as a "water fractionator" (freshwater term), so some modifications will need to be made. With the amount of waste from the amphibians and reptiles potentially entering the water column I anticipate needing a more aggressive approach to extracting waste before it breaks down.

    Since the bioload will be heavier, I will also have a moving bed and static bed filter made up of select media and plumbed through large reactors.

    There will be much more to report and discuss later in this thread as the project unfolds. I will provide video and photos as updates.

    Stay tuned.

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    Default Re: My Paludarium Build (timeline)

    Hi there, welcome to FrogForum !! Pretty cool project you've got going on there, can't wait to see how it turns out. Unfortunately the photo uploader has been broken for a while now . Most people can get their images uploaded through photobucket

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frogman1031 View Post
    Hi there, welcome to FrogForum !! Pretty cool project you've got going on there, can't wait to see how it turns out. Unfortunately the photo uploader has been broken for a while now . Most people can get their images uploaded through photobucket
    Thanks Eli.

    Now I know I'm not crazy. I tried uploading it and posting a url from imgbox. I'll try a url from photobucket and see if it makes a difference.

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    So here it is. I used Photobucket as Eli suggested.

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    So the enclosure stand and plumbing are finished. Now it's time for the hardscape, aquascape and landscape.


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    So the tank on the left side is going to be planted? Will it be filled with some kind of expanded clay (hydrostone) or something that the plants will sink their roots into? Thats a lot of water even if most of it is grow media. You must be pretty confident the seams won't fail. If you have a good live planted area, then I'd doubt you need all the other water scrubbers and filters that you mention in the o.p. for the sump.

    I'm sure I'm misunderstanding what is what and am anxiously awaiting the completion.

    What creature are you putting in it?

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