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    Of course it is. I have had this cube for a couple of months now, no issues. The edges are protected by a rubber seal that I placed on top for my lights (on both tanks). Both made by Hitech.
     
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    Interesting.
     
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    I have been thinking about converting this cube to a paludarium.

    Maintaining 3 tanks is taking its toll on my back and it's getting to the point where I have to either sell 2 tanks or cut back on the amount of water changes I have to do every week. My back simply can't handle it anymore.

    Thing is I really don't want to part with the cube so I was thinking of getting rid of my first tank (rebuild the light first when I get enough cash together and sell it as a whole set for a beginner with the Aquaclear filter) and for this cube, I'm thinking of doing the following:
    1. Move the Tetratec canister filter to the 70 x 40x 30 tank
    2. Use the Hailea HX6510 return pump with a filter to create a spray effect over the plants until they turn to submerged state (from emersed).
    3. Some of the plants that aren't meant to be converted like the Vallis will be moved to the other tank. I think the anubias will be ok. I'm not so sure about the moss but I am sure I can make a plan with the misting parts.
    I was just looking online and I swear that Pinterest has their search parameters wrong or the users are posting their stuff in the wrong places because all I'm getting is shots of tanks full of water instead of paludarium swamps and some vivariums. So I had to search elsewhere and got some really nice ones off Youtube.



    Kind of what I was thinking of doing but not exactly the same. You get where I am going with this.

    Another interesting video which I have skipped the rest for you, unless you want to watch it all.



    And another -

    Maintenance on paludariums should be a lot easier than maintaining an aquarium and having said this, I think I am convinced now to go the paludarium way.
     
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    In the process of converting this cube into a paludarium. Getting a piece of my perspex cut so that I can create a small corner sump to fit with the hailea pump.

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    Plants I found by the river, suitable for emersed swampy conditions.

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    Added perspex with holes drilled to act as a sump and filter

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    Update on the corner sump

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    Stones and wood

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    Think you might need bigger holes ... like the idea of the internal filter that feeds the waterfall,can see it already.

    BTW what will the water level be .. 2cm below the perspex ?

    Later Ferdie
     
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    I don't think making the holes bigger would be a very good idea because 1. it would let the gravel / sand into the sump and mess up the pump and 2. I don't want to have to clean the sump out every month.

    And 2nd answer to your question: something like that. I need to be able to cover the pump fully with water so I might have to take some media out to let it down a bit. I may have to rethink the whole thing because once I fill it up, the filter floss is going to float and I will need something heavy to hold it down. So, um, maybe some stones on top for a natural look.

    And yes, I was aiming for a waterfall feature with the wood sitting up. I'll figure something out. Thanks to Pinterest, Tumblr and Google, I've found some really good ideas to work off from. I was going to use fake background backing but then I saw some nice tanks, half-filled - NO backgrounds. Completely natural so I thought I could just play around with stones, rocks and wood and just keep it completely natural instead. Let the plants grow out of it and make it look like a swamp forest with a small waterfall.

    Oh yeah while I was looking for ideas on this, I saw this on Tumblr and looked for it on Youtube:



    This is a sand waterfall in a tank full of water. Amazing, huh?

    DIY waterfall by the DIY King - I know some of you think he's boring but this is really good

     
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    Well give it a spin before you add sand, I suspect the pumps l/h is more than what the draw is via the holes. ... yeah natural will be awesome.

    Later Ferdie
     
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    Yeah I've been thinking about that or I could forgo the lot and add peat bricks before I add the sand.
     
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    I took your advice and tested your theory. Turned out you were right. Fixed that tonight and tested again. Bigger holes worked. Thanks for the tip!

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    The background still needs some working in but I'll get there eventually...

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    Progress of the plants since I got them from the river

    Note the new runners have formed on the sides with new roots, I am chuffed...

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    Of the same plant

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    Plenty of new growth everywhere

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    This is a new one, just got from the garden a day or two ago. The most beautiful purple flowers and grows by rhizomes.

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    Love these plants ... are they still getting natural sunlight, or are they under your LED lights already ?

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    Natural sunlight as I keep on forgetting to switch my lights on - I've moved them closer to the glass doors which is much easier than remembering to put the lights on. Also the tube light is 6400K which is not very close to sunlight so it would be better for them to be close to the glass doors for the mean time until I get my cube sorted out.

    I'm still working on the rocks to create a little garden as the water is quite deep when you put in at least 20L. I have a lot of plants to put in and some of them can't be submersed fully. I went rock hunting in the garden and found more rocks yesterday when the rain hit and then the hail came so I had to wait til that was over. So I am going to try and fit the rocks in together and create a rockery with some gravel/pfs on and in between.
     
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    @f-fish+plants: I also found another issue when I was testing the sump filter out with the filter floss. The filter floss was also another cause of making the water flow slower so I"m going to have to buy the 20/30pps foam pack from the LFS instead of using filter floss instead.
     
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    Yeah - that makes sense ...
     
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    Surprise! Two of the flowers opened...

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    Decided to let the plants settle in first with a bit of water and go slow with the water filling. See how it goes. The pump will go in later once the plants have adapted to the swampy conditions and that I've sorted the filter sump out.

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    Awesome! Looks really good so far cannot wait for end product.


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    Update

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    Still figuring out the plumbing but I'll get there. Some plants from the other tank went in so will see how they do. Also added more water which amounts to around 20l.

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