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Old 12-30-2016, 03:03 PM
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Default Exoterra 24x18x24- first time build.

I received my tank this week. It arrived safely by freight. 24x18x24 Exoterra. Attached is a picture of what I want to do. I have everything I need but I have to wait to start. Ugh. My local glass shop is closed this weekend, so I have to wait till next week to get bulkhead drilled. And top piece cut and drilled.
I have a 3/4 inch bulkhead, is this sufficient?

Attached is the background layout. Hard to see depth of large driftwood.
Initial plan is to have plants in it, stabilized for awhile then possibly add 2-3 azureus.
Assuming sufficient plant growth, will I need some sort of hide for the frogs? There should be plenty of leaf litter floor space.

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Default Exoterra 24x18x24- first time build.

. Here's a better photo after GS. Now using knife, razor blade and dremel to get surface ready for silicone and coco fiber


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Old 01-13-2017, 02:07 PM
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I cannot believe how much I spent already.
There's a phrase I understand all too well. I only build tanks when I know I have enough to fund it so at some point in the build I usually stop adding it up because it gets ridiculous. Luckily I have a lot of leftover supplies so they should get cheaper from here on out. That said, your tank looks real nice. It should come along nicely with some planting
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There's a phrase I understand all too well. I only build tanks when I know I have enough to fund it so at some point in the build I usually stop adding it up because it gets ridiculous. Luckily I have a lot of leftover supplies so they should get cheaper from here on out. That said, your tank looks real nice. It should come along nicely with some planting
I totally agree with baskis. Usually, you will have a few leftover supplies and soon, you will be able to use cuttings from the tank for future builds.
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just as a little insight stop put about an inch or 2 of water in and let it sit for a few days. wish i did i just had to tear mine down after a month being planted and "cycling" to reseal the bottom. i had a leak that i wish i knew about before getting it completely done. good thing i haven't put frogs in yet.
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:06 PM
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Yikes those silicon fumes will curl your hair!! But it went quickly and I'm waiting for it to dry after pressing in the coco fiber. If this turns out like I expect, I would say that this is a very beginner friendly first method.


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Old 01-14-2017, 11:20 AM
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Sorry but I'm so excited! Just a few touch ups and I can finish setting this thing up


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This is really looking great.. love the wood

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That looks great!! Look forward to see this one completed.

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Thanks, jsard85, I couldn't sleep because I'm wondering where to put my plants. Concerned about lighting too. Lots of ideas.


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Don't lose sleep over it! If you're anything like me you'll put them in the "perfect spot" then move them 10 times to "better perfect spots". Hey, it's part of the fun I guess.


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Thanks, jsard85, I couldn't sleep because I'm wondering where to put my plants. Concerned about lighting too. Lots of ideas.


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Haha I know what you mean. When I went to get plants I thought I had to many but I could squeeze in some more

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what do ya think? The broms and moss will be here this week. I plan on 3 broms, in upper 1/3. A plant list will be coming


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Looks great!!

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That looks great

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Plant list-

Bulbophyllum corolliferum
Ficus pumila quercifolia
Korean Rock fern
Masdevallia floribundas purple. In bud
Masdevallia scabrilinguis. In bud
Masdevallia 'Angel Heart'
Peperomia species
Baby Tears- Pilea depressa
Club moss fern- Selaginella
Sinningia muscicola (sp)


To be added:
Rabbits foot fern
3 bromeliads - not sure which ones yet
Marcgravia vine
Callisia repens
Moss from NEherp




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What light is that? And is it enough for the plants?

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I hope so. Green Element EVO 10 x 3W 6500k.


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Thanks.. looks great

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Can anyone comment on my choice of lighting. And if this is enough lighting? I'm more concerned with too much but the broms aren't in yet.


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That lighting should be fine
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Can anyone comment on my choice of lighting. And if this is enough lighting? I'm more concerned with too much but the broms aren't in yet.


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I think you will find that that light will leave a good bit of under lit areas in the corners of the viv. Is there a reason you chose the 18" 10x3watt version over the 24" 16x3watt? I have the same tank with the 24" version and it leaves some dark spots in the corners due to the diode spacing.


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Long story but originally I was going with an 18x18x24. Got this one instead. Yesterday I ordered the 24". And will see what I get with that. I may use both, with the 18" towards the front. I appreciate both your responses. I try to do a search but so much info, so much conflicting info, and lot of it is trial and error. Expensive trial and error, lol


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Set up the mistking today. I love it! Temps and humidity are stable but I'll be watching it.
I need other leaf shapes and textures, plants are on order but waiting to ship till it's a bit warmer.
I've got three different vining plants and another fern on order. Some other more interesting broms too.
Any suggestions on what to plant in the sub itself? It's more moist than I'm used to for my plants that I normally grow. Is that too much open floor space for azureus? I was going to add a cork round for them to hide, if I decide to add any frogs.



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looking great. wish i can find a piece of wood like that.
anyway you can post a picture with just the 24'' fixture on so we can see the difference between the 18'' and 24'' as far as shading and coverage.
also where did you get your plants from?
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18 inch only but it is seated a bit to the front
The Orchids I've had for 6 months to a year. Got them from Andy's Orchids. Others were from local nursery selling some terrarium plants. And I have an order at NEherp. Waiting till they can be shipped.

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Awesome build, like how you placed the plants.


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Great setup. You are going to have some happy frogs!
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New plants and moss from NEHerp. I love the broms they sent. I got moss and moss slurry so I hope something takes. The mature N. olens x Fireball was huge. About 11 inches tall. Seemed too big
Springtails look good. Hard to find any isopods. I will add some more. Other than a cocohut or cork log, any thing else that I need for azureus? I'd like to leave tank without frogs for awhile though. I haven't attempted ff culture yet.


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I'm unable to post photos for some reason. Even though I'm logged in, it says I need a profile. And I can add a photo another way but the quality is awful


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Hope ya figure it out.. looking forward to the pics

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Had to log in again. Not sure what I did but I think it works now


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Following, i'm at the same stage as you, set up and just monitoring my temperature and humidity before i add the frog, misting system somewhere in the post. So im going to be following to see your progress. oh and i have the same vivarium as you as well.

How are you finding your light? i got the floodlight but i'm finding it heating my tank a little bit.
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The picture makes it look like there are deep shadows, but that's not the case with the two Green Element led fixtures. I'm about 4 weeks in but with the new plantings I'll have to see how they do. The orchids have been doing well and humidity has been easier to maintain. Temperature has been fine, the lights are not contributing heat to the tank


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I'm really done planting, yes really.


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Looks great! I am starting my first build this coming weekend. Waiting on a few more pieces to the "puzzle" to arrive today! Had a question about the planting pots you have int he back wall. Do those have any type of drainage holes in them that allows the water to drain completely out of the foam? Wasn't sure if that was needed or not.

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