Guided Tour of this Stunning Paludarium


Hi, I’m Alex, and this is Tank Tested.
Today we’ll be looking at this Paludarium. So after the break, let’s dive in. this 75 gallon pallid areum was created
by my friend Nick you can see more of his work on his website which I’ve
included in the description below and stick around to the end of this video
for a special update that means a lot to me
now here’s Nick to give you a full tour of this incredible pallid areum hi my
name is Nick Kinser this is my pallid Erin that has been running for about
eighteen months a pallid areum is an aquarium that has terrestrial plants as
well as aquatic plants and aquatic life one thing I really like about pallid
areum’s is once you get them going they’re really easy you don’t have to
put in as much maintenance as you would for a really intricate aquascape they
pretty much are self-sustaining currently there are three main species
of fauna in the tank I have Boris maculatus I wanted some shrimp that would contrast
with the dark lava rocks so I went with these yellow orange e mio caridina
shrimp lastly my favorite animal in the tank is
the Chinese fire belly Newt I have two in the tank I believe they’re both male the newts try to eat the shrimp and the
fish they’re not very successful I would say one in a thousand attempts might
result in a tasty shrimp dinner so I give them pellets and sinking wafers and
the same thing I feed the fish for this pallid areum I really wanted to
use black lava rock I had been sitting on a pile of black lava rock that I
bought years ago a lot of the black lava I’ve seen has reddish tones in it and
this had kind of a bluish cast to it and I really wanted to use that and if you
look closely you’ll notice the lava in the foreground is much darker black than
the one in the back but it really worked because when you’re looking at an object
up close it’s always going to look darker than it will off in the distance
so it gave a sense of depth using the darker lava and the front and the
lighter lava and the back so the very bottom of the tank has a
piece of egg crate spread all the way across to distribute the weight of the
rocks and the structure that the rocks are actually sitting on which is just
cheap inert red bricks from the hardware store which I use because well
aquascaping rocks are expensive so I needed to really build this thing up
from the ground up to get it the height I wanted so I used red brick and then
built the rocks on top of that the substrate is pool filter sand
it’s not I guess the most natural thing I mean normally if you find big rocks
you’re gonna find little rocks in the substrate that are the same color but I
like the contrast and I thought it looked cool so I don’t really care if
it’s a hundred percent natural because I’m just looking for something that’s
pretty in my living room the terrestrial plants are growing in a
mix of soils developed by the Atlantic Botanical Garden it is primarily a mix
of charcoal milled spagna Moss fir bark and peat the main thing I’m looking for
is something that doesn’t grow too fast I don’t want to be in this thing
trimming every single week I wanted something that was going to be not too
much maintenance a couple of great plants for any pallid area and
especially people just starting out with pallid area our tillandsia species which
are your air plants and some of the micro or small ferns I really like the
the mini Boston fern and the rabbit’s foot fern I also like selaginella or
coral moss in the mid-ground on the left side of the tank it spreads well it’s
easy to care for it’s pretty much unkillable my goal for this pallid areum
was to have plants that transitioned from the land side down into the water I
I didn’t like other pallid areum’s I saw where you had your aquatic plants and
you had your terrestrial plants and there was this clear division between
the bow so I used a lot of plants that did well in and out of the water I mean
my transition between the two I used a me anthis Cala to coitus several species
of anubius and I used weeping moss when I first set up the pallid areum the main
aquatic plant I wanted to use was crypt loosens and then added some anubius Nana
petite some anubius minima and eleocharis cycle Eris mini which is the
small dwarf hair grafts there’s a small sword called Akana doris Rini i but
because this tank doesn’t have very bright light and no co2 injection and i
don’t fertilize a whole lot it stays pretty small and compact I didn’t want to have any equipment
visible in the tank so the tank is drilled in the back and there’s
bulkheads one inch bulkheads I plumbed it into a he hime 22:17 canister filter
the filter pulls water from one side of the tank through the skimmer down into
the canister where it runs through all my media and then it’s pumped back in on
the left side of the tank and it’s kind of just a trickle that comes out through
the main structure in between the rocks the lights on this tank I built myself
I’m using cool white warm white blue and green diodes I got the output I wanted
the colors I wanted and the ability to adjust the output to anywhere I want so that’s Nick’s 75 gallon pallid areum
at the start of this video I said stick around for an update at the end well
here I am and I have two things I want to talk with you about the first is
Rachael O’Leary she is an aquarist and a youtuber that makes incredible content
for our community she talks mainly about nano fish plants and aquarium
maintenance in general well in the last few months she’s had a rough go of
things both her and her family have had a string of terrible luck and I think
it’s now time for the aquarium community to support her because she’s been giving
us so much of her time and free content for years so if you can spare a few
dollars I suggest going to the link that I put down below to donate a little bit
of money to our cause and if you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about
I’ll link a video right here that is Rachel explaining everything that’s
happened to her the second is if you were inspired by this video I have links
to a lot of the products that were used to make this tank in the description
below they’re all Amazon affiliate links which means that I get a portion of the
proceeds it helps pay for my cameras sound equipment traveling to see other
people’s aquariums it’s it’s really valuable so with that I will see you
next time and I hope you have a great week

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