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Old 03-27-2011, 03:03 AM
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Old 03-27-2011, 03:43 AM
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Haha, finally! I remember the cardboard mock up. Going to be nice man!
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:16 AM
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Dude it looks like it's gonna be awesome really looking foward to it. How are u going to construct the peniunsula, are you going to use styrophome and grout or Great Stuff it? I know you like the kitty liter thing but I just dont see how that would work without some other support Perhaps eggcrate. Also what are your plans for the sump? Looks like ur of to a good start!
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:14 AM
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Always love seeing your builds grimm, gives me really good ideas and nothing quite can explain like seeing a new masterpiece in vivarium/terrarium construction. Will be looking forward to your updates!!!
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Should be a fun one! Thanks guys.

The main structure against the wall will be created from pvc piping and expanding foam attached to a foam board. It will tie into some amazing pieces of driftwood I have ordered from the US. It is tough to descibe what I will be doing, but think lots of verticle branches covered in moss and epiphytes, aswell as vines hanging from the glass tops There will also be a "bridge" made from one of the driftwood pieces, overhanging my the water feature. Nothing to fanch in the feature though, as it will be similar to the slow drip I have in my 1st twin tank. Finally all the wood will be attached together using a minimal amount of foam, then coated using a mixture of silicone, toluene, peat, and coir fiber strands.

To make up for the lack of a clay background, I have already made a large batch of clay substrate. It seems to be clumping a little to easily for my liking though, so I'm thinking of getting it fired using higher temps at the pottery store next door. Using a clay background on something this large doesnt appeal to me, as it will not last as long as foam and pvc. The strength quality tends to be variable when using clay depending on the location in the tank, which also isnt something I want with a taller viv like this.
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Looks like its gonna be a sweet build. Where did you end up getting the wood from grimm?
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Keep the updates coming GRIMM. I'm looking forward to following the progress on this one. Use lots of glowing mushrooms!

Are you going to drill the bottom or side to plumb into your sump?

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Old 03-27-2011, 02:52 PM
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What might have the privelege of staying in this mansion?
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I commented on the YouTube video too... subscribed.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:18 PM
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Looks like its gonna be a sweet build. Where did you end up getting the wood from grimm?
I got the wood from TheDriftwoodStore.com ...I recommend this driftwood store to EVERYONE. Amazing service, website, and prices. He takes clear shots of every piece, with dimensions, and prices right on the website. I asked him if I could see a piece from a side view, he sent me a picture within an hour. Superb guy.

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Keep the updates coming GRIMM. I'm looking forward to following the progress on this one. Use lots of glowing mushrooms!

Are you going to drill the bottom or side to plumb into your sump?

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Bottom drilled sump. 3 holes. Return, supply, and a ball valved controled full drain when I want to do a complete water cleaning and suck out any particulates that have fallen through the false bottom.

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What might have the privelege of staying in this mansion?
Most likely a family of Cristobals. My buddy Lance has recently had success with a little baby, and there are plenty of tads on thier way. I might change my mind down the road, but I want a decent sized egg feeder that will make use of all the precarious climbing areas in the tank. Possibly a family of Bastimentos, whichever tickles my fancy at the end of summer.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:27 PM
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Subscribed. I've always wanted to have a tank like this; viewable from multiple sides, background on one or both ends (to give it a "canyon" feel). I remember one tank very similar in size to yours from a couple years ago that a member here had at the foot of their bed. It was the only one I had seen like it and I can't find the thread..
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:39 PM
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Looking forward to seeing this completed!

Also that driftwood store link you provided is amazing, thank you.
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Old 03-27-2011, 09:08 PM
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Oh my god, I just remembered a tank A LOT like this. Viewable from 3 sides and all. I wish I could dig it up...

EDIT: Found it! 55 gallon journal

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I can't wait to see the finished result! Thanks for the driftwood link also, I found the perfect piece for my next setup!
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Grimm I have been waiting for this! Icannot wait to see it done! Thanks for posting the link i've been looking for some awesome pieces of driftwood!
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OHHH this is going to be NICE! Subscribed!
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:50 PM
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Lookin forward to it!
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hell yes! I may have missed it, but how wide is this tank going to be?

That's a kick ass light.
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I know the G-mann fixture has built in fans (it really is an EPIC light fixture), but are you planning on further cooling? My concern would be that the halides are going to put out ALOT of heat that may transfer to the tank.

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Old 03-29-2011, 12:38 AM
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It's a standard 75 Jason, and yes he started off right with a great light
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:12 AM
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eesh, that's pretty narrow, but I'm sure you can pull it off. The standard 75 is the same footprint as the standard 55 right?

A standard 120 is 4x2x2 That would have some great depth.
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hell yes! I may have missed it, but how wide is this tank going to be?

That's a kick ass light.
The tank is 48long X 24front to back X 30high. The top will sit about 8" down from the light right now. I will most likely lower the light once I have everything settled.

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I know the G-mann fixture has built in fans (it really is an EPIC light fixture), but are you planning on further cooling? My concern would be that the halides are going to put out ALOT of heat that may transfer to the tank.

Cheers,
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There are actually no fans in the fixture, it is completly silent. Due to the magnesium and aluminium body construction, it doesnt get very hot at all. Only the glass and about 4" below the bulb gets hot. I'm hoping the temps wont break 82 near the top of the tank. If the temps get to high, it takes about 30 seconds to raise fixture. If they continue to overheat the tank, I'll have to make myself a fan bar to blow across the top of the tank.

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It's a standard 75 Jason, and yes he started off right with a great light
Its a 150 gallon, not 75 :P
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oops, sorry dont know why I thought it was a 75
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this is the first thread i have ever subscribed to. Grimm you better make this thing freakin awesome or I shall be greatly disappointed in you. I have high expectations for this build haha :P
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The tank is 48long X 24front to back X 30high. The top will sit about 8" down from the light right now. I will most likely lower the light once I have everything settled.
That's an epic size for this style tank
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Take some scale pictures with a soda can once it's done, I wanna see the sheer scale of this baby in my FACE!!
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Grimm - I know its a long ways off but if I had a big tank like that I would be getting this plant for it. YOU NEED IT... then when it pups send it to me for giving you the idea.

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you neeeeeeeeeeeeeed it for that tank. Dooooo iiit!!!
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Haha dont worry, I have over 3 watts per gallon for the sole purpose of bringing out the colours of amazing plants. I'll keep my eye out for one like that when the time comes. I'll be making a +300$ order in a few months to fill this baby with the finest plants I can find north of the boarder. I already have some sweet moss growing out in a 15 gallon aquarium, and 2 large tupperware containers lol. Green down low, and bright colours up top.
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Fine I see how it is. But keep in mind if you do less than 4 crypts in that tank I may have to dive up and yell at you!
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I'm along for the ride... I'll be watching this build
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Man i have said it before but man this is looking good. Can't wait.
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Grimm.

In the vid you said sump setup for the misting system. By that are you referring to just having it below the tank, or do you plan on having water drain into the pail to feed the mist pump?


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Grimm.

In the vid you said sump setup for the misting system. By that are you referring to just having it below the tank, or do you plan on having water drain into the pail to feed the mist pump?


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Sorry, not a sump, just a reservoir below the tank. I will have a 15 gallon aquarium sump to the left of the tub, but it will be for the pump and drip feature. Im actually second guessing the drip feature at the moment. I'll have to get my wood before I make any final decisions. I have some big pieces comming so they might not allow for a water feature. The main piece will need to be cut up into 3 sections to fit into the largest shipping box available at a reasonable price lol
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i love the thought you're putting into this.
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Quick teaser....Is this not the most EPIC display piece of driftwood ever?

First 2 pictures are of the original piece, from the front and left side. Final picture is of it rearranged from the 3 sections once cut apart. I need it to fit inside a predetermined size box, so it had to be cut. Im loving the possibilities though!

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Yes it is, I got three pieces today from thedriftwood store
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Im so pumped to get this wood. Hes cutting up another big piece for me tonight.

And if anyone gets some wood from him (thedriftwoodstore.com) as a result of me saying good things, let him know I suggested his website to you. The owner Rod has been extremely helpful and he definitely goes the extra mile. Im not getting commision, discounts or credit, but I like to help others who help me out!
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