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Old 11-14-2009, 04:41 PM   #1
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29G Viquarium?

Considering turning an empty 29 I have into a half aquarium, half vivarium. Not really sure where to start though. I am thinking I want the water to be around 10-12" deep with several species of aquatic plants, and have some terrestrial area for some bog plants. Maybe a waterfall to tie it together. Maybe a canister filter to provide filtration and lifting power for the water feature?

I really don't even know where to start - has anyone seen any good threads or articles out there to build a viquarium? I have seen a lot of vivarium stuff, but most of them only have a little tiny pool of water.
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you are looking for a paludarium, not a vivarium. a quick google search should turn up some good articles.

you may find it hard filtering your paludarium using a canister due to the shape and length of the intake and return plumbing, but with a little handy work it is possible to DIY something.
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You might want to check this out low-tech paludarium it might be a starting point for you.
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Old 11-15-2009, 12:30 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. The link was very helpful!
I think I found what I want to model my tank off of...
Paludarium Construction Photo Journal - The Planted Tank

I am a little concerned about how to bend and shape the plexiglass as this person did - I lack the tools and the know how. But it seems like it might be a lot less mess and time consuming than using eggcrate and great stuff. The great stuff seems like it would just be a mess. The cork bark on the back looks good too I think.
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check this out... i want to build one so bad
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i was working on one recently, but i ended up going a different route with it. i cant get a hold of anything cool to go on the dry side
looks like i may be building a vivarium instead.
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I just went to Ace Hardware on a scouting trip. Looks like they have a lot of stuff I can use... thinking about dividing wet and dry with lexan glass, and building a water fall to flow into a small river that will eventually run into the wet side. The only thing they didn't have was sheets up lexan. Does anyone know a common store where I can buy some? It looks like it will be easier to mold than plexiglass... just heat it up and it becomes pretty flexible. I want the shoreline to have curves, I don't like the straight line look that you invariably end up with when using glass or plexiglass as the divider.
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do you have a drag strip nearby? the one where i used to live sold lexan
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