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    Mudskipper paludarium- an alternative solution

    Discussion in 'General Brackish' started by HX67, Apr 20, 2011.

    1. HX67

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      Hi all.

      I didn't want to go the traditional "sloping sand"-route in creating a habitat for my mudskippers.
      To start with, I had three Periophthalmodon septemradiatus males. This is not the most aggressive nor largest species of 'skippers, but it still wants to form and defend a small territory.
      What I wanted was to create a habitat with multiple spots where the fish can hide from each other's sight.

      I started with an old 140 gallon sump tank:
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      I disassembled the sump to replace the old, scratched front glass with a new one and painted the trims:
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      For hardscape I wanted to make a DIY root system with multiple little shallow pools and an inbuilt plumming to circulate water in the pools.

      A sketch:
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      Platforms and volume of the scape:
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      Roots bent of pvc and added volume with foam:
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      A bit of shaping with a knife:
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      A stage after a few layers:
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      Hardscape pretty much finished:
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      Glued in and the first test was very succesfull. All the pools were filled up with just one pump feeding the plumming system in the scape:
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      The mudskippers are using the whole scape and seem happy with it:
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      FTS, early stages:
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      BOOOOO!
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      The tank is still maturing. Water is kept at 1.002-1.003. I'm trying to find plants that would co-operate with me, but haven' had too much luck yet.

      There, thanks for looking!
       
    2. Jmart159

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      WOW! Great work. I'd love to be able to do something like that. It came out great.
       
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      wow that's amazing good job
       
    4. Wiggles92

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      Wow, that is one amazing setup!
       
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      Thanks a million, guys!
       
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      A trio of Anableps is growing up in this tank for a bit before moving into my 250 gal brackish tank:
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      very nice I love the old foam method you should also try the clay background method just about any tropical vine or bromeliad will grow in it
       
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      wow wonderful job, how long did that take to set up?
       
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      Excellent and very artistic work.
       
    10. HX67

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      Thank you. I'm actually thinking about a method to add a nice "foliage" to the upper portion of the tank.
      The clay method is neat. I think there is a way to make the foliage upstairs to be freshwater even though the tank is brackish.

      Thanks!
      Set up?
      The hardscape took about a couple of days to make. The first month after installing it I just kept changing water every couple of days.
      The tank has been maturing for several months now...

      Thank you!
       

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