Hey everyone, new to this forum
I'm in process of setting up a klemmari exo terra 45x45x60cm Viv.
Just waiting for the plants to grow in a bit more and for life to get back to normal to get a few geckos.... Can't wait!!!
Happy with how the Viv is shaping up.
It's a false bottom setup with a small pump pumping up to the top dripping in several places off spider wood down to the java moss below and ABG mix soil and leaf litter, (waiting to finish to add springtails)
Just finishing the plumbing over the last few days, at the moment I have drilled a double bulkhead, one to act as a overflow once the water level passes a certain point it drains back into the reservoir, and one used to fill the false bottom using a Y connector switchable from the mistking pump after a full drain.
Also a drain bulkhead underneath the tank to completely drain when doing a clean out.
Everything is connected to ball valves so is easily controlled and can be switched between, misting the Viv, filling the false bottom and draining.
Also got a fogger on a timer switch to gently fog the bottom of the Viv through a cork bark "tree trunk" every few hours to make sure the java stays wet.
Seems pretty constant 75-80% humidity so far so happy with that
Plant wise just a few miscellaneous eBay vivarium plants and a few bromeliads, a mix of wild collected cleaned moss, which to my suprise for the first time is actually doing very well and actually growing and attaching itself to wood!
It seems good light and RO water is the key to growing temperate UK moss, failed so many times before so fingers crossed!
Hardscape is alot of spider wood I used to have in my aquarium and some cork branches
Been getting some orange mushrooms popping up over last few days so must be getting something right!
Light wise I have a jungle dawn LED 22w bulb which I'm impressed with, an Exo terra 6% UVB bulb stretching diagonally across the top of the screen, with a plexiglass sheet covering about 1/3rd of the light, so hopefully creating a space away from UVB for the geckos.
And an Exo terra 25w heat bulb above the main basking branch with is reaching a max of 32c
All boxed in with a small usb fan which I havnt got set up yet (planning on a timer switch just on for a few seconds an hour just to get some air circulation)
Ordered some gloss white PVC panels to tidy up the outside and finish the cabinet
Excuse the scruffiness of the hardware so far, in the process of making everything look a bit more tidy.
Just getting everything dialed in and working first.
Will get some more pics on when fully completed.
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