Just wanted to share my current build that I'm very excited about. The plan is a Costa Rican mimic, and least in spirit. The plants will vary, but, such is life in a small replica *shrug*. I have some green and black tico auratus froglets that I picked up from Android1313 recently that will be the eventual inhabitants.
I have a few new (at least for me) design ideas, including testing out the new Exo Terra heat cables, and attempting to incorporate and emulate the dark igneous rocks and slow trickling streams of the country.
On a very random note, I saw this on the way to get supplies in Kzoo...
(Inset is the sign, blown up)
Lighting will be a 96 watt power compact in an oak canopy that's been lying around. Suggestions on how much fan I will need would be very much appreciated. I bought a 55 gallon canopy and a 20 gallon canopy for $40 from the owner of a pet store who claimed they were cracked. I once saw him sell a juvenile sturgeon to someone with a 15 gallon tank, and tell them it would be fine its entire life. I haven't been able to find more than a scratch on the back of the 55 gallon hood, so I think he was mistaken. Oh well, his loss.
I picked up a few exciting plants at the MIFroggers meeting, specifically from Rob (littlefrog) including a very cool looking grassy brom - Pitcairnia flammea I believe - it is available on Josh's frogs website.
Picked up some cool broms, as well as mini philo, and this cloud forest orchid that Rob suggested might do well in a viv, due to a fondness for constant / high moisture.
More pics of the plants and everything to come... I apologize for the horrible quality, my fiance' took the dSLR with her back to Detroit after the meeting, so all I have right now is my camera phone ><
Anyhoo, off to the build. Here's what I have so far... a false bottom with screen on it.
There is a gap in the front to stuff in pebbles, etc, for visual appeal. The back corner has pump access, with a little tunze pump that pushes just the amount of water I need. The plan is to have the water run down/ along a piece of tree fern on the background, providing nice plant spots and orchid attachment, then dribble down the end and into the mesh (disguised by rocks, etc, of course). I'm hoping to do something similar to the "pondless waterfall" garden things that seem to be all the rage around here, but on a smaller scale.
Anyway, I'll post updates as this thing progresses. I hope to get a lot done this weekend... not much to do except cross fruit flies in the lab, and no classes after noon tomorrow or Monday
I know it's all pretty standard, but I hope to be able to give a thumbs up to some of these uncommon plants, as well as the new exo terra stuff.