Paludarium Attempt!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by lbannie, Jul 15, 2015.

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    lbannie Valued Member Member

    Hi guys! I had a 10 gallon sitting around so I decided to try to build a paludarium! I used Touch N Foam landscape foam for ponds, a piece of driftwood, and some floral foam to make an elevated area. Since this is my first try I used WAY too much foam and I changed my mind a lot during the process! Here's some pics of my progress so far, I'm going to put a waterfall in rear right corner coming off the driftwood. I'm going to silicone the green foam and put soil in the square area and hollow out behind the driftwood for more planting space! What do you think? ImageUploadedByTapatalk1436962067.951205.jpg
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    Teejay620 Valued Member Member

    does the foam holding the driftwood stick to the back wall on its own or did you have to glue it seperately

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    lbannie Valued Member Member

    I siliconed the driftwood to the glass and then sprayed the foam around it. I'm thinking I should put clear silicone on the wood at least where I want the water to flow over it. I'll take a top view pic to show where I dug the foam out for "planters"
     




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    lbannie Valued Member Member

    Front view
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    Top down
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    I think I'm making progress! At least it doesn't look like a big foam blob anymore!
     
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    Teejay620 Valued Member Member

    looks good. iv been trying to figure out something to do for my 150gal and this might be the route i go

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    leftswerve Well Known Member Member

    what kinds of foam are you using?
     
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    lbannie Valued Member Member

    Touch n foam landscape. It's for ponds and waterfalls
     
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    lbannie Valued Member Member

    Waiting for silicone to dry!! I put some gravel over foamed areas to look a little less fake. Siliconed tubing for waterfall and glued in a piece of driftwood to attempt to hide pump and keep gravel out of it. Next pic will have water!!
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    Tman2902 Valued Member Member

    What goes in a tank like this?
    Also looks interesting!
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    lbannie Valued Member Member

    I'm going to get fire belly toads. I was hoping for fish as well, but I'll have to attempt this again with a larger tank so I can get deeper water!
     
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    thefishdude277 Well Known Member Member

    Yup, the toads will love it there!
    Add some love plants too! :D pothos plants are good
    For fish, your right, you'll need a larger tank to support them, since frogs and fish don't go together


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  12. Nympxzie

    Nympxzie Valued Member Member

    Looks amazing! you might be able to do killi's, everglades sunfish, mosquito live bearer, something super tiny. I'm not sure how big your tank is.
     
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    thefishdude277 Well Known Member Member

    The tank is 10 gallons but it's only going to be filled up with a gallon or two
    Want support much, since it's going to be occupied by toads too


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    lbannie Valued Member Member

    I was hoping to have fish too, maybe my next tank! There will only be a couple inches of water in this tank
    For the planted area, I bought the compressed coconut fiber.. Is that good to plant in? I will put a layer of gravel under it. Should I mix it with organic potting soil? What do you guys use?
     
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    lbannie Valued Member Member

    Epic Fail!! my foam did not adhere well to back wall and the black "waterproof" caulk did not work!!
    Back to the drawing board.......
    My waterfall idea didn't come out so well either(but that's how I found leaks!)
    So now I'm thinking of incorporating a reptofilter or whisper 10i filter to create the waterfall
    Stay tuned! Lol
     




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