#38: 132L Paludarium
Shannon Gipson, Brandon Florida USA
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Aquascape Details

Tank Size
91 x 46 x 46 cm (36 x 18 x 18 in)
Volume
132L (35 gallons)
Background
Tree fern panels
Lighting
2-4ft flourescent full-spectrum bulbs in 'shop-light' fixture
Filtration
Eheim 2213 canister filter with home-made overflow/prefilter
Additional Information
This tank was set up specifically for Bumblebee gobies. I attempted to include only Asian species but I'm sure some are a stretch. I plan to slowly switch this tank over to brackish and see how the plants tolerate it. Most were chosen for there tolerance of salt others are shots in the dark. The tank has only been set up since mid-july so they are still adapting. I used a clear plastic sheet to form the terraced area and then hid it with rocks. The background is sheets of woven tree fern root siliconed to the glass. I hope in time to have plants covering most of it. The substrate is 2 inches of large gravel covered with about an inch of Onyx sand. Initial fertilization was with Flourish Tabs. I fashioned the overflow/prefilter from the article on The Krib by Ivo Busko. It does a fairly good job of keeping the surface scum in control.
Plants
sumerged: Java fern (microsorium pteropus), Asian bolbitis (Bolbitus heteroclita), Java moss (Versicularia dubyana), Dwarf four-leaf clover (Marsilea crenata), Cryptocoryne wendtii, Cryptocoryne willisi, Corkscrew val. (Vallisneria "asiatica") Emersed: Cryptocoryne ciliata, Spathiphylum Wallisi ?, 2 Tillandsia spec., 1 Bromeliad spec.
Fish/Animals
Bumblebee goby (Brachygobius ??), Malaysian trumpet snails, Ghost shrimp, unknown shrimp (brown with yellow stripe down back and markings on tail)
Materials
Lace rock, Driftwood, gravel, Onyx sand (Seachem),"tropical Isle" black sand