View Full Version : My first attempt at making a paludarium

01-03-2012, 11:04 PM
I couple of weeks ago I decided to turn my empty 75 gallon tank into a paludarium.



I'm still deciding what type of fish or amphibians I want in the tank. For plants, I have Anubias barteri var. nana, Java Fern, Java Moss, some Subwassertang behind the rock wall, a little riccia fluitans on the logs, and a Bromeliad sp. (the red plant).

01-03-2012, 11:56 PM
That's awesome!!! I always wanted to try one. Keep the updates coming!

01-04-2012, 12:21 AM
That is amazing, great job on that!!

01-04-2012, 12:35 AM
Nice.. good job...

01-04-2012, 10:24 AM
Thanks guys. It's still a work in progress. I'll post updates as it fills in and gets a few inhabitants.


01-04-2012, 02:51 PM
Brian, that's amazing! The hardscape looks like it must have been quite challenging to get right, but the payoff is incredible. I can't wait to see how it progresses. Are you thinking of entering it in the AGA contest?

01-04-2012, 02:58 PM
thats pretty awesome! do you have pics of the build?

01-04-2012, 03:45 PM
I give up, what did you do for the 'fog' on the water? That is just spooky. David

01-04-2012, 04:09 PM
Brian, that is about the coolest thing I have seen lately. It looks prehistoric.

01-05-2012, 12:50 AM
Thanks for the nice comments. The only pictures I have of the build are the ones I posted. It took me a couple of weekends to put it together. I actually had everything in my fishroom from my previous planted aquarium projects. David, the fog is being created using an ultra-sonic fogger like the one below and is nestled within the stump shown in picture #3:

I have the fogger come on every three hours. I just added 5 Hyphessobrycon columbianus (http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/img/Hyphessobrycon_columbianus_1.jpg), 6 Gasteropelecus sternicla (http://badmanstropicalfish.com/Fish_Freshwater/gasteropelecus_sternicla_4.jpg), and 10 Paracheirodon innesi (http://www.vergari.info/sites/default/files/foto/Paracheirodon_innesi_aquadigital.jpg). I was a bit worried that the ultra-sonic fogger would disturb the fish. Surprisingly, I turned the fogger on and the fish don't seem to care that it's on at all.


01-05-2012, 03:09 AM
Looks real good man.

05-17-2012, 11:51 AM
Wow ..... what a beautiful microcosm of a Tropical Rain Forest ...... love to see the future updates ...... wonderful!!!

07-26-2012, 11:22 AM
I finally got around to making another video. Here's my paludarium 7 months later:


07-26-2012, 12:33 PM
That looks Great!! What is the big green center plant? Is that Java Fern? Wow! You done good! It looks amazing.

07-26-2012, 03:54 PM
AWESOME! Well done.

07-26-2012, 10:53 PM
Thanks! Yep that's a Java Fern. If you look at the first video, you'll see how small it once was.

07-27-2012, 12:25 PM
What a well thought out and fantastically executed tank. Looks stunning. Have you though about Archers?

07-27-2012, 01:07 PM
What a well thought out and fantastically executed tank. Looks stunning. Have you though about Archers?

+1 on the archers

07-27-2012, 04:43 PM
Speechless, Brian...that thing is awesome!

07-27-2012, 08:41 PM
I was thinking of putting my leaf fish in the tank, but archers would be way cool. However, they might be too big for the tank. Over half the tank is air and one-third of the other half is land. That means the rest is 25 gallons of water or less with the stump. I think archers can get 4-5 inches long. Interesting idea though. If I could just find some dwarf archers.


07-27-2012, 08:51 PM
I always wanted to do a true mangrove p.tank. Lots of work and plenty of $$ though. Hard when your raising kids. Oh well. Looks fantastic though, great job

07-27-2012, 10:15 PM
What kind of top do you have on the tank? How do you keep water from condensing on the inside of the glass?

07-29-2012, 09:12 PM
Oh, I do get condensation. However, the fogger seems to cause a more uniform sheet of water across the front glass rather than large droplets. That said, I did wipe the inside glass and clean the outside glass before making the video. I wouldn't want anyone to see one of my tanks condensate :smile:.