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Re: paludarium (half aquarium half terrarium) diy
If you plan on building the background maybe look into the foam that you can mold? That way you can get it to form crevices,bowls etc and it will retain water as well to some extent. Also another idea is to mold a spray bar into it or small dia. pvc and have holes drilled into it so that the water will flow out throughout the background and trickle down the background. With the foam you could get ferns and moss to attach much easier and it would give it a more natural look.
Could probably mold a river/waterfall into it as well and have it drain off into the bottom. I tossed the idea around once or twice but in the end never really went through with it. I would mold piping in the background and have it drain out the front....looks much cooler!
Having the top of the tank cluttered for the filter will be distracting and will also take away the additional space which could be used for different lighting....Heat lamps/plant lamps and lamps for special effects.
For the pumps you could use a something like the aqua lifter pump and make your own canister and just have it trickle water back into the tank or get a small powerhead and seal it into a pickle jar to make it into a canister.