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Old 02-09-2017, 02:57 AM
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Well I recently setup a 29g biocube that I converted into a vivarium for my first ever setup. Well... I'm not incredibly happy with the way I setup the water feature so I decided I want to set up another. I had an old sump from my reef tank laying around that I decided I'm going to convert into a viv. Here are some progress pics. Not very far along yet as I have to clean the tank and remove the baffles. And I want to remove the framework also so it looks cleaner.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:59 AM
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Any advice on how to get some crazy stubborn hard water stains off the glass? Razor blade wouldn't work. I even tried scrubbing with steel wool...
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Old 02-09-2017, 03:05 AM
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Tank is pretty clean except for the hard water stains. The back is fine as it will be covered. The wood is just staged in there right now
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Old 02-09-2017, 03:53 AM
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vinegar and a razor blade is generally what I resort to. Impressed you had the stamina to scrape all that silicone off, I would have given up half way through
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vinegar and a razor blade is generally what I resort to. Impressed you had the stamina to scrape all that silicone off, I would have given up half way through
Lol yea I thought about giving up and just buying a new tank... but why spend the money if I already have it right?
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:33 PM
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Getting some work done on the background.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:49 PM
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First few coats of drylok on. Tonight I will do some detail work and start adding the substrate to the back wall and add a lighter grey and tan to the rocks and roots. I really like how it is coming out.
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:56 PM
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Just some more pics... why are they always sideways???
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Old 02-15-2017, 11:59 PM
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ive always used vinegar on tanks. Works great
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Old 02-16-2017, 12:22 AM
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ive always used vinegar on tanks. Works great
Yea I got it cleaned. Thanks
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:47 AM
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Another update 🤔😊

Installed a waterfall using a tetra in tank filter and greats tuff. Drilled a hole in the back (way above water level) for the power cord and sealed it. Installed the bottom front panel. Leak test later today after I wake back up.
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:43 PM
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Took the 29g down and got everything into this one finally. Waiting on some vents and my door and it's all set. Love how it looks.
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WOW, it looks amazing Keni.

How did you build up the left corner for your plants?
How deep is that little land section?
What kind of moss is that?

You obviously learned from your last viv build...really a great job. Well thought out.

Great inspiration for my build! Keep us posted on growth and development of the front door!

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WOW, it looks amazing Keni.

How did you build up the left corner for your plants?
How deep is that little land section?
What kind of moss is that?

You obviously learned from your last viv build...really a great job. Well thought out.

Great inspiration for my build! Keep us posted on growth and development of the front door!

JD
Thanks! I definitely love the way it looks. The two land sections are separated from the stream using drift wood, also to avoid saturation, the land sections are about an inch or so above the water level in the drainage layer. The small one is roughly 3" deep and the larger in the left side is probably twice that. The moss is a mix of local moss I collected and sheet moss that I purchased. Both have been doing amazingly well in the 29g.

I will certainly be posting updates
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Old 02-27-2017, 03:49 AM
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Here is an update. Door is on finally. Cut a piece of 1/8" thick glass to make the door from. As you can see in the second pic I had to make spacers so the hinges would fit properly. And used a handle from an old glass lids for for an aquarium. I'm using magnets that are coated in acrylic to keep the door closed. Over all I am happy with how it came out
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Another update ��
My begonia manaus is flowering and my bromeliad is also producing flower pods. Can't wait for the orchid to flower ��
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Old 03-12-2017, 05:13 AM
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Some progress on the broms flowers
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Looks GREAT!!! I am still struggling to get started but this build gave me a few design answers.

What tenants are planned?
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Looks GREAT!!! I am still struggling to get started but this build gave me a few design answers.

What tenants are planned?
Thanks!
Due to the height of the viv I'm planning to get a few R. Imitator varadero. I was thinking a group of 5 maybe
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Man seems like alot of fellow saltwater people go to frog tanks! lol Ive been doing saltwater tanks for the last 3 years and finally broke it down about 8 months ago and have been tankless until my recent viv setup in August which I just got planted.

What are you using for vents? I did a protean style setup but realizing I will need to put in a couple fans to knock the humidity down a bit. Or maybe im just paranoid. Looks great though!
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