Botanist and master guppy breeder Michael Marcotrigiano will share tips on how to build a "paludarium," a tank that combines plants and fish to make stunning naturalistic decorations.
"Unlike terrariums, which are intended for terrestrial life, paludariums combine the aquatic environment of an aquarium with the land of a terrarium to form a unique ecosystem where aquarium fish and terrrestrial plants thrive together in a naturalistic setting. Traditionally, paludariums are made of stone and growing medium. This creates problems with weight, soil infiltration into the aquarium, and a lack of flexibility in design.
"I have created a fully styrofoam land base with custom carved rock "pots", tree trunks, and a coco fiber wall. Unlike most paludariums, which have inadequate filtration, my styrofoam system allows the hiding of filtration systems so that in the end you are left with an unobstructed panorama of a tropical forest including a waterfall. In this talk I will go through the steps in building a paludarium from scratch. Along the way suitable plants and fish will be mentioned and I will cap off the talk with things I think I'd do differently if I did it again."
As always, there will be raffles and a mini auction of fish, plants, and equipment. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Meeting begins at 8:00 p.m.