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post #1 of 5 Old 10-20-2011, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone on this site done a Paludarium yet. I have done one but it is very difficult to get it right. Here are a couple of pics of Paludariums. Mine is not among them yet. But I am using some of there ideas.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-20-2011, 07:04 PM
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I love paludariums, but I'm not sure I would like trying to keep the glass clean and clear.
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-20-2011, 07:59 PM
Yeah I have one, but I haven't touched it in at least 3 months... It needs to have the soil replaced since its been a few years. Its a plant war zone currently >.>

With paludariums you really can't keep the glass clear. The emersed or bog plants need the humidity usually and it builds up so fast. You can clear it for a photo but normally all the glass above the water line is dripping with condensation, especially when the lights are on. The forth pic down shows this well.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-20-2011, 11:39 PM
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Yeah I have one, but I haven't touched it in at least 3 months... It needs to have the soil replaced since its been a few years. Its a plant war zone currently >.>

With paludariums you really can't keep the glass clear. The emersed or bog plants need the humidity usually and it builds up so fast. You can clear it for a photo but normally all the glass above the water line is dripping with condensation, especially when the lights are on. The forth pic down shows this well.
That's what I figured, I'd like it to be as clear as the 2nd picture or it wouldn't be worth it. Oh well.

There's a guy on another forum I'm on, has a giant custom made paludarium. The front is actually only half glass.

Ooh..found a pic..I don't think he ever did much with it though.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-21-2011, 12:21 AM
yeah the problem with that though is then the loss of humidity. Plants that like to grow near the water generally like it humid. A lot of the ones I grow are either native bog plants or emersed aquarium plants that really like the high humidity. You might be able to make it work with different varieties of plants. I just couldn't deal with the evaporation issue of having it open front like that through our dry winters. The second pic from the bottom has a similar setup with the glass only going to about the water level.

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