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Welcome to our large paludarium test 2023. Here we present all the paludariums we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best paludarium for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a paludarium.


  • The paludarium is a swamp landscape with a smaller but well-planted land area and has a rainforest-like climate. The humidity is between 70 and 80 %.
  • The paludarium is ideal for water-loving animals from warm, humid habitats with a tropical climate.
  • The costs vary greatly depending on the equipment and quality, but a complete set can be bought for as little as 174.99 Euros.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a paludarium

What is a paludarium?

In dry terms, a paludarium is a swamp landscape with a smaller but lushly planted land area. It belongs to the category of wet terrariums and is also a special form of aquaterrarium. The paludarium, on the other hand, has a much larger land area. Thus, it offers the fosterlings a habitat on land as well as in the water.

Tropical plants are placed on the land part of the paludarium, creating a rainforest section. It also provides exotic and impressive landscapes for every terrarium lover.

This type of terrarium is particularly suitable for keeping water-loving reptiles and amphibians, which come mainly from habitats with high temperatures and high humidity.

Which animals can I keep in a paludarium?

For the correct and suitable choice of terrarium, it is essential that you have thought about the region from which the respective animal originates.

Many animal species feel at home in a paludarium. Whether they are exotic, feel at home in swamps or even prefer riparian landscapes, they will find their new home in the paludarium. Many plant species also thrive in the Paludarium. Here is a brief overview:

Animal species for the paludarium Plant species for the paludarium
Toads, axolotl, newts, frogs, turtles Water plants, floating plants, frogspoons, Echinodorus, ferns, Java moss

Depending on the individual and species-appropriate furnishing and design of the terrarium, even a lot of diverse creatures will accept their new home.

Molch im Paludarium

A paludarium is perfectly suited for water-loving species such as newts. (Photo: Barni1 /

Is a paludarium high-maintenance?

First of all, it is important to find out what technical equipment is needed for your pet. Aqua and humid terrariums require more maintenance. These are tropical plants and exotic animals.

As you will be trying to create a home-like piece of land, this requires a lot of effort and therefore constant care. You must always make sure that it is humid enough, that the sprinkler system, for example, or the heating mat, if needed, is in working order. After all, the terrarium should also provide a perfect little biotope for the creatures over a long period of time.

The overall technical effort in these systems is therefore much higher than in normal terrariums. You should be familiar with the factors involved. The maintenance effort should never be underestimated.

Suitable planting consists of plants growing under the water and out of the water or on the land.

What is the climate in the paludarium?

Since we are dealing with a swamp landscape, we need a climate similar to a rainforest, i.e. almost warm and humid. It virtually forms a transition to the rainforest climate.

Exo Terra Regenwald Terrarium

There are many different paludariums to choose from.

For example, plants and animals from very humid areas can feel at home in the terrarium. But always pay attention to the needs of your animal.

What else do I need to consider?

Preferably, the animals should enjoy a quiet location so that they are not disturbed by noise or other factors.

Small children or other animal roommates should also not have access to their terrarium animal.

In addition, you should never place your terrarium in a sunny location, as sunlight can strongly influence and upset the climate in the terrarium.

It is very important to ensure sufficient fresh air supply and increased humidity.

How much does a paludarium cost?

Prices vary depending on size, shape and material. Paludariums are available in many different versions.

It is not only the purchase of the basic structure that is associated with high costs, but also the equipment and furnishings appropriate to the animal.

A cheaper alternative is to remodel an aquarium if you already own one. All it takes is a few minor remodellings.

What type of terrarium makes sense?

You should always consider what natural factors your pet prefers. If it prefers to live in the trees and likes to climb, a high terrarium makes sense. Branches and other constructions help here, so that the animal can move around in the upper part of the terrarium.

Exo Terra Natürliches Terrarium

When buying a terrarium, bear in mind that not only the purchase costs can be very high, but also the maintenance costs. The amount of work and time required can be correspondingly high.

However, if it prefers to live on the ground, an elongated terrarium makes much more sense so that the reptile or amphibian can spread out and move around at the bottom. If the humidity is high, we do not recommend a wooden terrarium, as it may quickly become mouldy.

Therefore, a glass terrarium construction is preferable.

Can I build a paludarium myself and does it require a lot of effort?

A paludarium is actually quite easy to make if you already had an aquarium. The aquarium can be converted into a paludarium with an additional construction consisting of glass walls and a cover. If this is available, it is of course the cheaper option.

A conventional terrarium simply has a higher base. A heating mat as well as a temperature controller should be available to ensure a good climate. The equipment also varies depending on the terrarium inhabitants.

Frosch auf Moos

If you already have an aquarium, you can convert it into a paludarium. (Photo: klimkin /

Image source: / Scott Webb