I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I chose the Amazon basin as an inspiration and model for the aquatic portion of the paludarium.
That was because of a couple things: The popularity of many fish from the region means there are a variety available and that the environmental requirements of the fish are well understood. I considered trying to make a northern Ontario inspired project but it was very difficult to find information about the fish and water parameters that would be of use to a hobbyist. I thought about just catching minnows and other small fish, but I didn’t know if I’d be able to feed them adequately, what temperatures they need (would I need to cool my tank in the summer? That would be prohibitive.) and most of interest to me, did a small fish from Northern Ontario require a winter period and how would the lack of one affect fish behaviour and health.
So while the tank is somewhat South American, the shore line is very much inspired and populated by Northern Ontario woodlands in early summer.
I find this area of the planet so compelling – the extremes of climate in the Boreal forest are so radical and evident. Its one of the funny things about spending all this time trying to mimic or recreate a small and ultimately futile slice of nature inside a glass display case; its no where close to the overwhelming feeling one has while surrounded by a vast, natural ecosystem.
This is a small collection of photos that I’ve taken while wandering about in the woods.
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