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    paludarium (half aquarium half terrarium) diy

    about my paludarium design, im gonna make a background. *DIY ideas off of internet for the background. *but for a filter for the aquarium part, *i wanna do something different. *i was thihnking about gettin a pump that i could hide in the bottom of the aquarium, and pipe the water up to the top of the tank, buiild a eclipse style filter system outta some plexiglass, and pour the water back into the tank via a water fall to add to the humidity and looks of the tank. *I am planing on putting a circulation fan in to help prevent condensation. *i am also gonna build some levels with plexiglass again onto the background so i *can put some soil and grow live plants like a terrarium. * as for the top of the tank, *i want to put a chameleon in and in the bottom just some neon tetra or guppsy something like that. *but its gonna depend on the tank i use and how much water i have in the bottom and how much room for chameleon on top. *what yall think. *?? ¿¿¿

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    Re: paludarium (half aquarium half terrarium) diy

    if someone has an eclipse aquarium with the mini biowheel and all, *could i talk you into taking a picture of it from the top so i can get a beter idea of the water flow. *i konw it pumps in , over a filter pad with carbon built in the pad, then does it go under the wall to the biowheel and out the spout or does it go over the wall and to the biowheel and out the spout?' *thanks. *dont know body turn me in for copyin there design. *lol. *i wanna build one to fit a specific setup thats for me only. *no sellin. * :badsmiley:

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    Re: paludarium (half aquarium half terrarium) diy

    nice no pic. lol. *so it goes over the wall. so is there 3 chambers. *one to go through the filter under the wall fill up say through carbon or something, and then over the top of the next to go over the bio wheel and out to the tank? *if so that wouldnt be to hard to do with some plexi glass and silicon. *well in my mind it shouldnt but in reality, *probably a pain in the rear

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    There you go. The link should work now.
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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.
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    Re: paludarium (half aquarium half terrarium) diy

    the powerhead in the pickel jar. *i though about that but i figured id make a box around it like an over flow outta plexiglass and have a mini wetdry thing. *but yeah those are some great ideas. *i wonder where and what the foam is called??

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    Re: paludarium (half aquarium half terrarium) diy

    Check over on MarshReef.com or maybe even Reefcentral.com I have seen lots of them use it in their Reef tanks.
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    thanks.

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    Re: paludarium (half aquarium half terrarium) diy

    i did a search on molding foam for an aquarium on google and first page check this out. this guy had my idea. or well i have his idea. *my skeetches that i have drawn out for my custom filter box look like his kinda. *his page is sweet cause it gives me ideas better on how to hide the sttuff too. *sweet

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