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Bunsincunsin 03-08-2014 03:25 PM

Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
I thought I would post a little project I’ve been working on lately.

I made this 14”x20” (35cm x 51cm) cylindrical vivarium out of 1/32” polycarbonate (Makrolon) sheet with a 1/4"x16”x16” base. The top is 3/16” glass with three 3/4” holes drilled for ventilation and one 40mm fan providing circulation. The lighting is supplied via three 6W CREE LED spotlights. The subject piece is made from one large (cut roughly in half) and one small Hygrolon liana accented with a few small pieces of cork bark; I may add another piece of liana, but I think I will let this all settle in for a bit and see what I think a few months from now.

This is my first try with Hygrolon; so far it has been doing a good job of wicking water – the upper parts seem to only get the ambient moisture, as opposed to wicking it up from the base, but the moss on those parts seems to be getting sufficient moisture, regardless. The lights seem to be doing okay – the moss has put out some decent growth and the Peperomia sp. ‘Banos, Ecuador’ has responded nicely as well – I will have to wait a while to decide for sure; I may end up replacing/supplementing them with a Jungle Dawn or something. These shots are a few weeks old, taken just after adding the Pearcea; I just added some leaf litter today, which has given it a nice touch.

I went for another Ecuadorian biotope on this one. I may still add a plant or two – such as Microgramma piloselloides or some sort of micro/mini orchid – along with a liverwort or filmy fern, but for the time being this is the plant list:

Pearcea hypocyrtiflora
Peperomia sp. 'Banos, Ecuador'
Pleurothallis niveoglobula
Sphyrospermum buxifiloium
Trichosalpinx sp. 'Ecuador'
Various mosses - including Black Jungle moss, NEHERP moss, Manuran's low-growing moss and some local moss (the majority of what you see in the photos, this one has done really well so far - it started as just a few small pieces).

I realized after taking the full tank shots that the reflections produced within the cylinder are kind of distracting – I may try a white background for the next update and see if that resolves the problem…

(click on the photos to resize)

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3683/1...e2a67706_c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3732/1...dd21f4a2_c.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2873/1...259cb519_c.jpg


Pearcea hypocyrtiflora

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2811/1...646b1452_c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3723/1...20e45c84_c.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2851/1...fcd9ab3c_c.jpg


Peperomia sp. 'Banos, Ecuador' – hopefully I can get a nice carpet of this one going!

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2871/1...50c3f26e_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7417/1...4186cbf8_c.jpg


Pleurothallis niveoglobula

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3667/1...f2e7e985_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7339/1...119da436_c.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5535/1...458a7d2f_c.jpg


Sphyrospermum buxifiloium

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3767/1...d92e43d8_c.jpg


Trichosalpinx sp. 'Ecuador'

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2881/1...cebd5dcc_c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3784/1...e7fd4cf7_c.jpg

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5503/1...6f34592b_c.jpg

corey.chadwick.14 03-08-2014 03:41 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Amazing!! Is it built on a false bottom?

bsnile23 03-08-2014 03:42 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Awesome!

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Phyllobates 03-08-2014 03:44 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Very nice Shaun. Love the lighting and high-tech look!

rigel10 03-08-2014 05:02 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Gorgeous! I also have a similar tank - I wanted to put in a tarantula, but that project failed. In the future I'll do something like this your viv!

skanderson 03-08-2014 05:17 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
beautifully done. did you form the markon sheet into the cylinder and if so do you have a visible seam?

mollbern 03-08-2014 05:47 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Wow! This is spectacular.

Do you have any pictures of just the hardscape?

frogparty 03-08-2014 06:21 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Sleek and classy!!! Nicely done




Bunsincunsin 03-09-2014 12:10 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Thanks for all of the comments everyone - much appreciated!


Quote:

Originally Posted by corey.chadwick.14 (Post 1834305)
Is it built on a false bottom?

Yes, the side that has the substrate built up has a small egg crate false-bottom underneath. The Hygrolon lianas are offset to the side of the false-bottom and go right down to the base.


Quote:

Originally Posted by skanderson (Post 1834457)
did you form the markon sheet into the cylinder and if so do you have a visible seam?

I ended up simply bolting the two ends of the sheet together, with stainless steel hardware, creating a 3/4" overlap - if you look closely at the first photo you can just barely make it out in the back. The seam is actually concealed quite well due to the positioning/twisting of the lianas - you hardly notice it when you look at the tank in person.


Quote:

Originally Posted by mollbern (Post 1834497)
Do you have any pictures of just the hardscape?

No, unfortunately I don't - I'm always more interested in the final product of something that I rarely take the time to photograph the actual process.

Aldross 03-09-2014 12:20 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
very nice.

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amgini 03-09-2014 03:57 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
wow..that looks great! wish I could build something like that.

pa.walt 03-09-2014 04:25 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
reminds me a lot of dusk tropics/mikeils cylynder tank

Bunsincunsin 03-09-2014 03:42 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by pa.walt (Post 1835257)
reminds me a lot of dusk tropics/mikeils cylynder tank

Yeah, Mikael's nanovivs were the main inspiration for this build; he has a lot of nice cylinders.

Here's a link to Mikael's tanks for those who haven't seen them: Nano vivarium and cabinets - a set on Flickr

tongo 03-09-2014 04:29 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
goodness your creations are wonderful!

rigel10 03-09-2014 04:44 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Do you think you put frogs in this viv?

mollbern 03-09-2014 06:16 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Wow, thanks for posting this link - those are definitely inspiring.

Time to get me some hygrolon....

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bunsincunsin (Post 1835658)
Yeah, Mikael's nanovivs were the main inspiration for this build; he has a lot of nice cylinders.

Here's a link to Mikael's tanks for those who haven't seen them: Nano vivarium and cabinets - a set on Flickr


Adam R 03-10-2014 09:41 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
i love this.

i am doing a very similar build in the next year or so but with the epiweb "kaos" structure. i am helplessly drawn to centerpiece structures, especially when they contain a few orchids.

Bunsincunsin 03-11-2014 09:17 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rigel10 (Post 1835842)
Do you think you put frogs in this viv?

No, I don't think so. It would be a cool concept for a Ranitomeya tank with a few modifications - mainly just the addition of a hinged top for easier/safer access for maintenance (right now the whole cylinder lifts off of the base, making it difficult to control potential escapees).

ryno71 03-12-2014 12:19 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Very unique, great work!

Bunsincunsin 03-20-2014 07:56 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
A few updated photos with more moss growth and leaf litter. I used a lighter background for the photos this time - the reflections still show up, but at least the contrast between the "branches" and the background is better. The growth has been really good so far…


(click photos to resize)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7085/1...32e28f77_c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3768/1...3d8f81e7_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/1...9dd4a8e7_c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3798/1...2373bf34_c.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7089/1...a53d6b40_c.jpg

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/1...8e779e58_c.jpg

hypostatic 03-20-2014 09:02 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
very nice!

snake54320 03-20-2014 09:22 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
I'm waiting for more growth before ranking this thread 5 stars :D

hydrophyte 03-21-2014 06:58 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
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fullmonti 03-23-2014 03:23 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Love it, nice clean look!

hydrophyte 03-23-2014 06:23 AM

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An enclosure like this could be cool as a consumer product. You could router cut the top and bottom with a thick plastic. The whole thing could just pack flat as a kit for assembly.

Dendro Dave 03-23-2014 12:26 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
I really wanna do something like this with a motorized display turntable and a suspended light (so it could turn freely). I think if it was slow enough, or maybe just put it on an interval timer it would be ok for the animals.

Bunsincunsin 03-26-2014 06:31 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Thanks for the comments, guys.

I think I'm going to add one more liana to the right hand side, with Philodendron verrucosum or something similar, to fill up some of the negative space in the center; I'd like to find something slightly smaller than P. verrucosum but the leaves on this one seem to top out at about 4-5" long with a bit of trimming - which should fit nicely. I'm just waiting for Folius to get them back in stock.


Quote:

Originally Posted by hydrophyte (Post 1862354)
An enclosure like this could be cool as a consumer product. You could router cut the top and bottom with a thick plastic. The whole thing could just pack flat as a kit for assembly.

Yeah, Dusk Tropic sells complete kits for around $400 - I think he's the only one selling an actual kit at the moment (all others I've seen have been custom made).

Bunsincunsin 03-26-2014 06:39 PM

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aspidites73 03-26-2014 07:30 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Is it an Earwig?

Bunsincunsin 03-26-2014 08:36 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by aspidites73 (Post 1868378)
Is it an Earwig?

No, a silverfish.

hydrophyte 04-03-2014 06:05 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
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Did that silverfish just find its way in there, or was it part of a culture?

Bunsincunsin 04-03-2014 09:01 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
It just appeared; not sure how though, as it was unable to climb up the sides of a container I put it in temporarily...

Bunsincunsin 04-06-2014 05:50 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
A bit of diversity for a Sunday morning; this is exactly why I made this tank.


https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7080/...fbb568ed_c.jpg

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2828/...20fd5658_c.jpg

cbridgeman 04-06-2014 06:08 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
This is beautiful! Do you hand mist it? I didn't see any misting nozzles.

Also, how do you keep the acrylic so clean? Do you wipe it down with a cloth before you take pictures?

Bunsincunsin 04-07-2014 12:42 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cbridgeman (Post 1887226)
This is beautiful! Do you hand mist it? I didn't see any misting nozzles.

Also, how do you keep the acrylic so clean? Do you wipe it down with a cloth before you take pictures?

Thank you.

Yes, I hand mist it about once a week. The cylinder stays fairly clear with the fan constantly running while the lights are on - but, yes I always wipe it down before taking photos.

Bunsincunsin 04-26-2014 06:54 PM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
I was concerned that the lights I chose wouldn't be sufficient enough for plant growth - and especially for orchid growth - but I was happy to see that I'm starting to get some new growth from the orchids and the Trichosalpinx is in bloom again. Things are starting to look like they could use a trim already, as well!


Trichosalpinx sp. 'Ecuador'

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2917/...7aa13c96_z.jpg

New growth:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7447/...1609cf3a_z.jpg


New growth from the Pleurothallis niveoglobula:

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2924/...aae93ab4_z.jpg

A nice little liverwort on the P. niveoglobula mount:

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2909/...6aae850c_z.jpg


Pilea microphylla

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2936/...3f3beb55_z.jpg


I used some of the moss I have growing in my 10 gallon epiphyte branch vivarium and must have snagged a leaf cutting from the P. emarginella 'Ecuador':

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5121/...bae584b4_z.jpg


Another leaf-shot of Pearcea hypocyrtiflora:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7434/...909fac88_z.jpg


Peperomia sp. 'Baños, Ecuador'

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7426/...5d146ce6_z.jpg

Some nice red coloration on the underside of the leaves:

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5280/...368753c9_z.jpg

Bunsincunsin 05-10-2014 03:19 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Here's an updated wide-angle shot, taken from above the tank, after three months of growth (I added the rest of the P. niveoglobula mount as well):


(click photo to resize)

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/...6122fa79_c.jpg


And, the last wide-angle shot (taken in February) for comparison:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bunsincunsin (Post 1858074)


shawq0x01 05-12-2014 03:16 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Absolutely amazing. One of the coolest I have seen...simple and elegant!

Spaff 05-12-2014 03:51 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Geez Shaun! That Pths. niveoglobula is really taking off for you. The piece you sent me is doing great, but yours is growing way faster.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bunsincunsin (Post 1943018)
Here's an updated wide-angle shot, taken from above the tank, after three months of growth (I added the rest of the P. niveoglobula mount as well):


(click photo to resize)

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/...6122fa79_c.jpg


And, the last wide-angle shot (taken in February) for comparison:


Bunsincunsin 05-13-2014 03:18 AM

Re: Ecuadorian Cylindrical Vivarium
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Spaff (Post 1945698)
Geez Shaun! That Pths. niveoglobula is really taking off for you. The piece you sent me is doing great, but yours is growing way faster.

Ha!…I wish, Zach. I actually added part of another mount I had to that spot just a few weeks ago; I wish it grew that fast - it has only just started to put out new growth for me.

Have you done anything with the seed pod that was/is on yours?


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