That piece of drift wood is perfect for the viv. I would do a Foam (gs) backing, few larger pieces of ghost wood attached to back,some brooms & airplants , a sweet waterfall and your all set.What species do you plan on having in there?
GS BG is for sure. Here is the layout so far.
You can see the big cut i had to make in the top to fit that piece in there.
I was going to make the entire thing an overflow system. Just like an aquarium. water will be pumped in through the water feature on one side and flow down into a 10 gallon sump on the other. all the pumps, filter, and heater (if needed but i doubt it for san diego) will be in the sump. this way i can change out pumps if they fail. Any thoughts on that?
Im going to silicone everything in place and play around with some foam tonight.
Thanks... The wood is just driftwood that sat in the sun for 6 months on the side of my house. from an old aquarium.
I think im going to put a bunch of firbelly toads in here cause they swim around cherp. I would do PDF but i wanted a lot of water.
any other ideas for inhabitants?
I did the plumbing layout last night. I drilled two 1' holes and ran some schedule 40 pvc underneath the tank. Im going to use pvc glue on everything except the connectors so ill be able to detach from the bottom stand to move the tank.
The ginormous pump I got handles the load pretty well. just enough water comes out the top instead of a geyser like my last one.
Any ideas on quieting a pump? I noticed the higher the water the Lauder the pump gets.
I think ill add another pump and line to the back for some drip irrigation or something.
Here are some pix. the bottom of the tank had a paper film on it for so long its stuck there. That's why it looks so nasty. All the fittings you see are in the pvc section at home depot.
I got a little more done. Ive been trying to decide what I'm going to do with all the free space between the log and the back of the tank. Ive added a second line and pump just for drip spots throughout the tank. i put a 6 head drip irrigation head on the new line. I'm going to cover the head in a box of crate to hide it and cut a hole in the back of the tank for access to it. there are knobs that control water flow on each. i also started playing around with Rafs idea here Pics my new constructed vivarium
I can tell this is going to be really nice. I love the large piece of wood you got for the waterfall. I need to go hunting for some more fallen logs. We just had a big storm that downed a bunch of trees but unfortunately they are all covered in snow just now.
Nothing against PDF tanks but its nice to see some big water tanks too.
I'm not sure if anyone else suggested it, but acrylic can be buffed to a mirror finish if has scratches, even deep ones...Something to think about before you get to far into the build if this plans on being a display tank. A little elbow grease, stages of very fine sandpaper, and finally a liquid compound to make it a crystal clear finish. Ive used a type of compound made by Meguires for polishing my headlights, car paint, and even aluminum to a smooth mirror finish. I dont see why it wouldnt work on acrylic also.
Grimm i think ill do that. I have an orbital sander and a lot of scratches. Thanks for the tip.
Here's a quick video of my first water test. The log came out better than i imagined. After I took this video I drained the tank and laid the tank down for silicone and coir. Just waiting for the first layer to dry.
Is there anything i can add to the coir that will give it a less uniform look and still stick in the silicone? im thinking peat or some kind of moss
More work done. hosed off the whole thing to get the loose coir off. Ill do another layer or two before I start the background. I bought some different moss from an art store and the pet store. i mixed them together and pressed it into silicone. i tried it on one of the pieces of coir covered tubing. Also some shots of the bottom cause i flipped the tank to dry. here's a bunch of pix
Just foam and tubing. The tank was laying on its back in most of these pix. I needed something to weigh the tubing down and i have a lemon tree in my backyard so guess what i used...
Also I used an old Size C aquarium filter in my modified sump. Its the same filter size as all my aquariums :-) im going to add bio balls to the pre filter side also. I didn't feel like making a real sump with Plexiglas and all that. This should work for what i want to do. Any thoughts or ideas?
I had to move the whole thing inside cause its been raining lately. So I set it up in a spot I like and ran the water for a while. My drain cover gets clogged pretty easily and over a few hours the pump will run dry. Im going to make a different style cover.
I haven't added pvc glue yet so obviously the pipes leak a little. But only a slow drip surprisingly.
Kinda been broke so once i have the funds ill do another round of coir to patch some spots. Im up to 12 tubes of silicone on that thing. thats about $75
here are some pix
Any thoughts on plants and locations? i dont know what im going to put in the pots yet so any suggestions are appreciated.
I can't tell from the pics, do you have baffles in your sump? If you use a couple baffles they could trap detritus quite effectively. This would allow you to use something like gutter guard for your drain cover. It would keep most fish/animals aside from tiny little things, from going down the drain but allow sufficient drainage. No more pump running dry.
Thanks for the good words everyone.
I finished the stand and ran the pump over a weekend and ended up frying a pump. the drain wasn't wide enough. I widened it to 1.5 inches and that fixed the problem. I also added "river sand" from the local fish store. It makes a huge difference I'm really happy with it. The only problem i have now is its so fogged up i cant see inside. I'm thinking about drilling a bunch of little holes at the top or something. any ideas?
more pix. My roomates gf put a pacman in with the firebelly toads. A gift. Im no idiot i know what would happen. But the funny thing is i had to rescue the pac man lol. It couldnt get out of the water in time to not be humped by the toads. I pulled it out and returned it for store credit