I started creating an active island surrounded by water.
I dreamt of a living piece of native swamp. I love the look of mosses and plants climbing on branches. So I searched for the perfect piece of nature to start with. Without harming any living animals, I carefully examined each part i took home. And yes. Finally i found the perfect piece to start scaping the island.
I wanted to make the feeling that the woodpiece was partially under water with roots, without letting the main island's dirt touch the water. So different parts of wood were being used as hardscape.
This is my first real attempt for an eco-system paludarium.
This is the filter, surrrounded by water made of filter mousse. So water gets in and out, debris gets stuck. But main goal is to let the mosses grow under and above water surface level.
This is hollow!
It is filled up with different layers.
First layer is made of hydroballs,then a feeding substrate for the flora. And a piece of filtercotton that makes sure the dirt on top doesn't soak in water. The water gets sucked in by a small pomp. And hopefully get filtered by the island.
This is just starting up. I don't even have a my small pump back
I used different kind of mosses. In the left corner background i even put a Riccia fluitans with the hope it will cover the ground.
I let a little patch of dirt in front empty.
Possibility to plant a edible herb or something.
Everything is fine with the ants. Even my Messor is doing great!
The only bad thing is that the Crematogaster world is getting really dirty.
Each day more workers. Each day more work.
So i left a little empty tube hanging with hope they will use it as trash place. Same with what the Pheidole does. They are cleaner.
My Temnothorax nylandri does not want to move into a fresh test tube. But maybe I introduce them first on this island once everything is settled. But i hope to see my Myrmica rubra wandering this island one day. With the use of a tube going under water.
I love to see the P. dives nest like this.
Edited by Wa.Va, January 14 2019 - 1:54 PM.