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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!
     
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  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
     
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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.
     
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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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