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Old 08-20-2019, 02:52 AM
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Default Branch Epiphyte Vivarium

I decided to try my hand at an epiphyte themed vivarium so I did a mockup with some wood that I had sitting around.

I had a 75 gallon aquarium with slate siliconed to the back glass in storage. I decided to remove the slate and use it for this build.

Removing the slate took a long time.

Once the slate was removed I rebuilt the mockup in the aquarium to make sure it would fit.

Next I siliconed egg crate the the back glass to act as support for the foam background. After that cured I started foaming the wood into place, starting on one side.

After that foam had cured I carved it and started working with the wood on the other side. I used rocks, tape, string, and other random items to hold the wood into place while the foam cured.

After it cured, I made sure that the wood was supported by the foam before starting to carve it.

I added a couple of net pots behind the branches and foamed them into place.

From there I started foaming the rest of the background. Unfortunately I ran out of foam so I cant finish foaming the background tonight.

On the way home from work tomorrow I will get more foam and fill in the rest of the background. This is how it looks as of right now:

I plan to do the silicone and peat/coir method to cover the foam but may also work in some moisture wicking fabric that resembles hygrolon. Plants will include Neoregelia, Peperomia, moss, orchids, and Pilea
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