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Old 04-01-2019, 02:14 PM   #1
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Paludarium filtration

I was thinking about starting a paludarium, not right away but within the next 5 years or so. The one thing I don't understand is the filtration for the water part. What kind of filters are used? How are they set up?
Probably a dumb question but thanks in advance.
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I should probably mention that I'm only familiar with HOB filters on aquariums.
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I personally am using 2 of these small pumps. The second one I attached plastic hosing so I could route the water where I wanted. These are only rated for 30gph so more there for water movement then it is to filter.
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Ok, if I have nano fish do I need filtration or will water movement and water changes be enough?
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Ok, if I have nano fish do I need filtration or will water movement and water changes be enough?

it can be done without filtration by having enough plants to soak up nutrients and enough surface area for beneficial bacteria to build up. i was just checking out a video of a guys tank that doesnt have ferts, filter, water movement or co2.

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Thanks, aquarium plants are no problem. I have 2 tanks with plenty of plants with no co2 or ferts that grow like crazy.
Any advice for sand? I've only used gravel.
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I've been using black diamond sand blasting material from tractor supply for the last few years and its been great for a black sand. Some warnings are I recently found out it can possibly have an oily substance on it(I have never personally experienced it) and that it can possibly be bad for invertebrates.
For white sand go pool filter sand. Both of these are cheap and come in 50lbs bags. Rinse both well.
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Thanks, do I need to have gravel or rocks to "cap" off the sand? I'd like a natural look so I'd probably go for the white sand.
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just sand is fine unless your aquascape is using gravel as an accent stone or added natural element.
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Thanks for all the help. When I decide to start I'll post my progress on the site.
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