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Crab Paludarium

Discussion in 'Ripariums & Paludariums' started by redb33rd, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. redb33rd

    redb33rd New Member

    Dec 9, 2013
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    I am currently in the early planning of a palidarium of a 80-100 litre tank for vampire crabs, and with rasboras, shrimps and clamps in the water part.

    Gh: 9
    Temp: 27 C
    PH 6,5

    I want to have a lush environment both above and beneath the water, with moss covering the surface and downoi covering the bottom.

    Explanation for the picture:
    A: terrarium background made with bogwood, expanding foam and silicon covered with coconut substrate. Kind of like this

    B: a rocky part of the background forming a waterfall. I plan to use real rocks attached the same way as the bogwood to get a more natural feeling.

    C: Will create a border here of rocks. On the inside I will have a layer of hydroballs covered by film with a layer of plant soil on top of that.

    D: Pump. I plan to have the pump here and have a hose going inside the background to the waterfall.

    E: Sand. Here there will be a layer of fine aquarium sand, on each side plant substrate with carpeted downoi.

    F: Paphiopedilum orchid. Around the plants will be a carpet of living moss. I will add specialized soil around the individual plants.

    G: pinnatum aureum, ivy, climbing over parts of the background

    H: Nepenthes lowii, Low`s pitcher plant

    I: Peace Lily, I may try to have some of the roots submerged in the water below.

    This is my first time doing a setup like this. So I try to be thorough and careful.

    A couple of questions.

    1. Will a waterfall put together with several pieces of rock mended with expanding foam and silicon hold? Can this kind of construction take high humidity or submersion?

    2. What should I do for air circulation? How much is necessary?

    Will appriciate any feedback.

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 16, 2011
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    Melbourne Australia

    Welcome to ASW could you fill in your location and country please.

    I like your choice of plants will they all fit in your tank.

    Inhabitants now that sounds very interesting crabs & shrimps?

    What are the measurements of the tank.

    This is one project I will be watching with interest.

  3. redb33rd

    redb33rd New Member

    Dec 9, 2013
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    Thank you for your reply Keithg.
    I live in Oslo, Norway.
    I have not yet purchased a tank, but I plan on a somewhat deep and tall tank. Maybe something like 60X50X60.
    As for inhabitans I plan to keep a group of Vampire crabs(Geosesarma), cherry shrimps, fan shrimp, asian freshwater clamp and a school of dwarf or chili rasbora.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2014
  4. redb33rd

    redb33rd New Member

    Dec 9, 2013
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    I forgot to mention. I plan to have pretty high light in this tank, about 1w per litre. Does any of these plants require shade?

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