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  • Paludariums and Vivariums-Monthly Meeting

Paludariums and Vivariums

Thu, Jul 01, 2021   7:15 pm

Monthly Meeting


Paludariums and Vivariums, what they are and how to build them. You’ll love learning how to turn a black thumb green with a perfect way to keep plants alive, healthy, and beautiful, in your own enclosed indoor garden. Come learn some tips and tricks to build your own forest moon of Endor or a slice of the Amazon fit for a museum. In this presentation Sam will talk about how to build both the terrestrial and aquatic parts of these unique habitats that feature the best of both worlds. From the bottom of the reservoir to the top of the waterfall and everything in-between, Sam will talk through building materials, technique, inspiration, and equipment to build your dream habitat.

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Sam Rutka, also known as Captain Duckweed, built his first 300-gallon water-garden at the age of 8 and has been working with fish and plants professionally for almost a decade. A lifelong fish-keeper and gardener, Sam has competed in aquascaping and aquatic plant layout competitions nationally, consistently placing within the top five aquascapes.  Recently, he received second place in the 2019 international Aquatic Gardeners Association paludarium competition.

Sam Rutka

Specializing in habitats and display builds for aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals, Sam has built and designed dozens of aquariums, paludariums, and terrariums. His builds can be found all over northern New England, including at the New England Aquarium in Boston MA. Sam’s work was featured on the cover of AMAZONAS Magazine (volume 7 issue 1) where many of his personal and professional tanks and paludariums are showcased along with instructions on building your own.

You can find Sam on Instagram, Tiktok, and YouTube at @Captainduckweed. Be sure to follow to keep up to date with his current projects and adventures.