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Old 11-25-2005, 02:13 AM
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I am confused about false bottoms, and the such. I do understand what they are for, all that humidity has to go somewhere, but how do you do it???

I know something about putting clay pellets on top of eggcrate, with fiberglass screen on top of the pellets...thats about it lol. Can someone please inform me a little?

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Old 11-25-2005, 02:17 AM
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Brock - I recommend that rather than asking a thousand questions so soon, that you spend a lot of time reading previous posts.

You'll find 95% of your questions previously answered.

Use the Search function at the top of the page (by FAQ and Memberlist) to get a head start on finding topics you're interested in.

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I have been looking, but I just didn't see how to do it in great detail. I did see it in beginner's discussion, but I didn't understand it...

Also, I have only asked 2 questions...i'm sorry if that is too many in one day...


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It's not - but I highly recommend doing a lot of reading first.

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Brock,

First off, welcome to the hobby given your interest. Scott's suggestion to spend time reading previous posts is an excellent one since there is a wealth of information accumulated over time. I wish I had spent more time doing that early on when I joined the board but such is life.

You may just want to start with a 'simple viv' where you use a layer of clay pellets (called LECA or Hydroton) as your drainage layer and cover it with substrate to root plants in, etc.

Here is an example in mid construction

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v395/ ... 1886-2.jpg

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But won't the clay pellets eventually reach saturation point, and not soak up any more water? Do you have to change them out or something?...
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The clay pellets do not absorb water so much as they do keep the substrate layer lifted off the water. Think of it as a lighter version of gravel. You have to siphon the excess water off from time to time either through a drain that you have installed in the bottom of the tank or some of us just use a turkey baster and just suck the water up and out of the LECA layer.

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I don't know if this helps at all, but here is my constuction journal, and I use a false bottom, but used eggcrate instead of LECA.
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You would want your layers to go like this:

Plants
substrate (soil)
Leca
screen
eggcrate
AIR (important)
Water

Simply set the eggcrate on something like slices of PVC tubing to get it up above the water level, then add screen, leca, substrate, and plants.
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Do you mean AIR...as in O2, or does AIR stand for something else?
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I mean the air you and I breath.
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Wow, I'm smart...
Just realized I forgot to add a link...
http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=6346
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I don't know if this helps at all, but here is my constuction journal, and I use a false bottom, but used eggcrate instead of LECA.
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Ok. Now that I understand false bottoms, is there a website that shows me how to do all the stuff for a waterfall? Like the return pipe, the pump, yeah, I understand none of that stuff...
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There is a TON of good information in this forum and on the web. I would suggest starting with google searches like "vivarium false bottom" and "vivarium waterfall", etc. After some time doing that, if you have any specific questions come back and post them and I am sure people would help.
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Brock. There is a pretty good construction journal of how they built a VERY impressive display tank over at Black Jungle
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