Natural Terrarium - Paludarium ADVANCED GLASS REPTILE HABITAT - number #1 in Natural Terrariums Full Glass Aqua-Terrarium Combo Extra deep waterproof bottom (for PT2595: 20cm / 8" - for PT2606-08-09: 25cm / 10") Ideal for stream dwelling species Create a rainforest, swamp or riverbank habitat Perfect to install a biological filtering system With unique rooted background Dual front doors for an escape free access Unique front window ventilation Closable inlets for wires and/or tubing Combine the best of two worlds! Water plays a vital role in the life of all animals. It is important for temperature regulation, nutrient uptake, waste removal, body weight and health. Additionally, many species require the presence of water during a short or longer period of time for certain stages in their life cycle like mating, egg laying, development (larval phase) or even shedding their skin. In the wild, events like seasonal flooding or heavy monsoon rains provide circumstances essential for their survival. If water is not available during a significant period of time, they will either perish or won’t be able to reproduce. Terrarium meets Aquarium: The Exo Terra Paludarium is a semi-aquatic terrarium habitat that replicates a rainforest, swamp or stream and can harbour aquatic as well as terrestrial animal and plant species. The word paludarium originates from the Latin word "palus" which stands for swamp. A paludarium combines the best of two worlds: the bottom part has an extra high front bottom glass, providing a higher water level and an increased water volume compared to common terrariums. This enables you to incorporate a substantial water part or aquarium section which allows you to keep aquatic animals and plants adjacent to the land or terrarium section. A part of the aquatic section can consist of a false bottom, to support the land section, accommodate and hide the aquatic appliances like filters, pumps and water heaters and can double as a biological filtration medium. Guide the water from the filterpump through your terrarium along a background with live plants and moss or by creating waterfalls that gradually drop the water back into to the water basin. Waterfalls add aesthetic appeal and will help oxygenate and biologically filter the water. Live plants and moss will contribute to the filtration capacities of your terrarium. This type of setup allows you to create an effective filtration system, mirroring the process of natural biological filtration. A fully functioning paludarium will provide a constant source of clean water, which is imperative to keep semi-aquatic species. It is basically a small, closed ecosystem. The unique rooted background provides extra climbing opportunities and simulates a natural banyan tree-root environment. The front opening doors can be opened separately to reduce the risk of escape while allowing easy access for maintenance and feeding. A specifically designed lock prevents animals from accidentally opening the doors. The full screen top ventilation allows UVB and infrared penetration, and is completely removable for easy access while decorating or cleaning. In the back of the screen cover are 5 closable wire or tube inlets on both sides to install waterfalls, pumps, aquarium heaters, sensors, etc. inside the terrarium. Perform regular water checks to verify the water quality and the effectiveness of your filter. Partial water changes can help to remove toxic substances or improve the overall water quality. Unless really necessary, make sure to never perform entire water changes, as this will also remove beneficial bacteria and organisms. Install a paludarium, and enjoy an amazing rainforest scenery in your living room!