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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:01 pm Post subject: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 Shubhankar  (alpha91)  and  I  have  set  up  a  paludarium  at  my  place  (actuallly  he  is  the  architect  n  brains  behind  it),  and  we  need  some  advice  regarding  stocking  in  it.
 
 
 The  details  are  as  follows:
 
 Tank:  2'  X  2'  X  15"
 the  rear  and  left  waoos  are  cement  on  thermocol,  with  a  rough  surface  so  mosses  and  creepers  can  grow  on  it.
 
 Water  level  10",  around  25L  due  to  sand  in  it.
 Lighting:  36W  PL  tube  planning  to  6  hours  in  the  evening  with  diffused  light  till  that  time  from  the  window  (no  direct  sunlight).
 A  nebulizer  is  working  to  keep  the  environment  moist,
 currently  I  run  it  for  10  min  twice  a  day,  and  seems  enough  as  it  blasts  2ml  water  in  the  air  per  min.
 
 Substrate:  River  gravel  ~  5mm
 
 Plants:
 A  few  varities  of  terrestrial  mosses,  2  of  ferns  2  orchids
 two  climbers  (one  edible  Paan  and  other  I  dont  know  the  name)
 
 
 Plants  with  us  currently:
 Anubias  cordifolia  and  nana
 loads  of  Cabomba,  ceratophyllum,  Bacopa,  baby  tears,  H.  microthemoides
 some  kinda  Amazon  (but  wont  look  nice)
 dwarf  grass,  Vallisnaria,  brazillian  microsword.
 
 we  are  thinking  about  some  wild  bettas  /  sparkling  gouramis  /  Harlequin  Rasboras  and  some  crayfish  too.
 
 
 
 Future  plans:
 In  coming  weeks,  we  will  add  loads  of  moss  on  the  bare  wood  and  also  thinking  of  trimming  the  diagonal  branch  in  the  front  to  its  1/3  length  and  move  the  orchid  there  to  allow  rear  view.
 
 Questions:
 
 1)  Will  the  moisture  be  enough  with  20  min  working  per  day?
 (I  saw  full  condensation  on  the  walls  in  the  morning  today,  after  the  nebulizer  was  turned  off  before  7  8  hours)
 
 2)  What  plants  can  I  add  /  remove?
 
 3)  Fish  n  inverts  to  add...
 (m  not  very  comfortable  to  add  frogs  n  amphibians  as  the  croaking  will  destroy  my  sleep,  the  tank  is  barely  3  feet  away  from  my  bed!  Surprised  )
 
 4)  Is  the  lighting  enough?  can  add  50W  lamps  (those  small  spotlights  meant  for  decoration)  if  inverts  need  basking.
 
 Thanks  in  advance.
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:43 pm Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 for  stocking  u  can  go  with  mudskippers,  fiddler  crabs,  gobies,  these  tend  to  get  long  well,
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:48 pm Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 Thanks  Mudassir,
 but  dont  the  mudskippers  require  mud?  or  they  would  do  fine  with  just  the  sand  and  moist  environment?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:19 pm Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 the  muddies  dont  basically  require  mud/sand,
 i  have  mine  in  a  BB  tank  which  is  3/4  land(stones/drift  wood,  etc..)  so  the  muddies  can  climb  up  on  something  and  bask,  the  remainin  is  water  so  they  can  wet  themselves  whenever  they  feel  like,
 nothin  beats  the  muddies  for  a  paludarium  set  up,  my  muddies  eat  directly  from  my  hand,  lovey  stuff  to  watch  their  behaviour.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:47 am Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 thanks  Mudassir,
 
 I  thought  muddies  are  brakish...
 are  some  of  them  freshwater  too  or  they  can  adapt?
 n  we  are  now  thinking  about  frogs  n  crabs...
 what  say?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:05 am Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 muddies  do  well  in  both  fresh  and  brakish,
 the  water  basically  has  not  much  affect  on  their  environment  unless  you  plan  to  breed  them,
 they  just  need  the  water  to  keep  themselves  moist,
 
 as  for  Frogs,  its  your  choice,  i  wouldnt  keep  em  with  muddies,  u  can  have  fiddler  crabs  with  muddies  as  these  crabs  are  small  and  will  not  harm  the  muddies,  if  u  go  for  the  larger  crabs  stocked  with  muddies  and  frogs  they  will  end  up  in  the  crabs  belly   Very Happy  ,
 
 muddies,  fiddler  crabs  and  gobies  should  be  good
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:10 am Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 Thanks  Mudassir,
 
 Actually  we  were  thinking  about  Fiddler  crabs,
 you  gave  us  the  light!   Chuckle  
 
 lets  c  where  to  get  the  muddies  from...
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:14 am Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 will  send  down  muddies  if  interested,   Thumbs Up   
 have  a  couple  of  em(5  i  guess)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:37 pm Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 Wow  excellent..  that  pic  looks  real  stunner...  so
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:11 pm Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 Is  there  a  pic  ??
 I  cant  see  any.
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 Even  I  can't  see  the  pic.
 have  you  given  an  Orkut  link?  Orkut  blocked  at  work.   Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:59 pm Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 That  looks  stunning!   Clapping  
 
 Any  construction  pics  of  the  background?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:22 am Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

 I  have  mud  skippers  with   me  guys.  They  are  damn  easy  to  ship.  Let  me   know  if  you  require  them.
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 Thats  a  nice  setup...
 
 If  the  temp  in  the  tank  is  cool,  you  can  try  out  fire  belly  newts  either  Chinese  or  Japanese,  another  option  is  tree  frogs  and  oriental  fire  belly  toads..
 
 As  for  fish,  you  could  add  a  few  tetras,  danio's,  etc
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:37 pm Post subject: Re: Paludarium: Stocking and general advice please Reply with quote

                                                   
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Thats  a  nice  setup...
 
 If  the  temp  in  the  tank  is  cool,  you  can  try  out  fire  belly  newts  either  Chinese  or  Japanese,  another  option  is  tree  frogs  and  oriental  fire  belly  toads..
 
 As  for  fish,  you  could  add  a  few  tetras,  danio's,  etc                

 Weylin,  Got  some  mudskippers  today.  
 Will  the  newts  live  with  the  muddies?  Also,  PM  me  how  much  they  will  cost..
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