After a really busy time, I finally have had some time to work on the paludarium once more. This time I have started working on the various backgrounds using epoxy resin.
Preparing to work with epoxy resin isn’t that hard, but you need to sort out what you will be doing and have all tools required at hand: The epoxy resin starts to set within an hour, so once you have mixed up the components you need to be ready to go. This is what I used:
Preparing for the first epoxy resin layers.
It is VERY important that Read more
Sometimes you have to take a chance. I wanted some realistic roots worked into the background (above water). But how to find nice pieces that will not rot too quickly?
Contestants for a wooden background above water
I have been looking at a lot of different types of wood to use in the background on land. The wood should not rot too quickly, so my first thought was to use driftwood, or rather the sinking type used in aquariums all over the world.
But it proved to be very hard to actually find pieces that Read more
Finally I had some time to build pieces of the paludarium again… This time the background above water, the land portion between the aquatic part and the sump… And the waterfall! In this blog post I’ll discuss the technique used in more detail.
The background is made from a large, single piece of styropor foam:
Starting out with just one big block of stryrofoam… And some cutters.
I took several styrofoam cutters to it before it became a little bit in the direction of what I was looking for. I made several Read more
Now that all the water stuff has been built and tested, I emptied the paludarium again. High time to start working on the backgrounds and waterfall.
The Aquatic background
It makes sense to start with the aquatic background, as I bought this background and do not plan on building it myself. As the paludarium will be amazonian, I choose the amazonian version from Akwaline, and after glueing it in it looks like this:
The Akwaline background glued in place.
I decided to align the background to the right (as I look straight into the right side of the paludarium as well. So the right side is glued directly against the Read more
After going to a local store, I found an aquatic background I immediately fell in love with. It had to be ordered in the right size, and the delivery of the background has been delayed then more delayed. Today, finally… It arrived!
This is the new background for the aquatic part:
Artificial aquatic background for the paludarium
This background is manufactured by akwaline. I looked at all the available types they had. Knowing what river sides in the Amazon look like (thanks to our great trip to the Guyana jungle in 2006) I selected the closest match… Surprise surprise… It was the “Amazon” type. Obviously they did their homework
After just over two years, the day is nearing: Paludarium 1.0 is going to be shut down, including the real time statistics page realtime.paluweb.nl. At that time I will start building out Paludarium 2.0, which of course will get a realtime statistics page once again (possibly a nicer one!!) but that will take at least several months to complete.