Redo!! 2nd attempt paludarium

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by lbannie, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. l

    lbannie Valued Member Member

    My first attempt didn't go so well, my foam didn't adhere to the glass so I tore it apart and re started!
    This time I used only driftwood, rocks and silicone. I coated the driftwood in silicone so that it won't break down or leach tannins. I added a whisper 10i filter to create my waterfall.
    Here you go..... Start till now!
  2. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    Looks nice. Alison
  3. OP

    lbannie Valued Member Member

    Thank you!!

  4. OP

    lbannie Valued Member Member


    How did I do?
  5. junebug

    junebug Fishlore Legend Member

    @Ibannie you can just pack that tank up and send it to me :D beautiful!
  6. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    Very pretty!
  7. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    Looks great! Very well done :)

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  8. OP

    lbannie Valued Member Member

    How much? Lol!! Maybe I'll start another business!
  9. JoyToTheFishes

    JoyToTheFishes Valued Member Member


    If it was only a bit bigger, I would live there!
  10. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    Take a number, it's coming to me ;)
    That's stunning Ibannie!
  11. junebug

    junebug Fishlore Legend Member

    What actually will be living in this tank? :p
  12. OP

    lbannie Valued Member Member

    I'm going to get a couple fire belly toads!
  13. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Very nice!

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  14. cooperbh

    cooperbh Valued Member Member

    I have to say it appears the failed first attempt was quite the blessing in disguise. The real rockwork looks tons better. What a captivating environment you have created. Now I really, really want one of these things, lol. :drool:

    Sorry if it was posted already, but what size is the tank?
  15. u

    uncfan Valued Member Member

    WOW...I now have a new project to plan. Very nice.
  16. shusband

    shusband Well Known Member Member

    Do you intend on stocking anything in it?
  17. OP

    lbannie Valued Member Member

    It's a 10 gallon tank that I had sitting around. Stock hood with power compact bulbs (I think that's what they're called) I'm hoping that's enough light.
    I plan on putting a couple fire belly toads in there!
    I have to say I'm glad I screwed the other one up! I love the way this came out. Really it didn't cost much to make at all! Not like starting my reef tank!
  18. K

    Kwig Well Known Member Member

    Can I bother you to make a list of products you used and the live plants you stocked it with? When you have time :) I have a spare 10 gallon that doesn't hold water, but I'm thinking I can repair it and if I could design it like this, it would only need to hold a little bit anyway. Love the use of the filter to build a waterfall. Stimulating and healthy environment for your future firebelly frogs :)
  19. OP

    lbannie Valued Member Member

    Sure!! I found all of the rocks and driftwood, had the tank with hood and lights. I also had some planted tank substrate(the black gravel)
    I used GE clear silicone, a whisper 10i filter, a piece of plastic pipe cut so I could glue rocks to pipe not filter.
    I bought the coco fiber.
    Plants are, pilea Aqua, wandering Jew, polka dot, peporomia, a succulent, and some moss from the stream!
    I hope that helps! The hardest part was waiting for silicone to dry in between steps!
  20. K

    Kwig Well Known Member Member

    The pipe was just like black pvc? Did you put a layer of gravel under the coconut fiber? I would love to do this for a salamander or newt. And I love that you coated the driftwood in sealant, not only does it keep the wood from leaching tannins and from breaking down but also in theory you could eliminate the question of which woods are safe to use for which animals. Did you just apply it with a brush?

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