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Old 01-20-2007, 12:00 AM
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i cant wait for the growth to start. i have 350 watts of power compact on top of it and things usually take off pretty quick. now just stand back and watch it grow.


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full tank shot would be great
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Old 01-20-2007, 12:59 AM
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agreed fulltank shot !!!!


But I hope you have some plants growing to block the light from hitting that Cryptanthis 'Black Mystic' That plant will lose most of its color and pattern in high light



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Old 01-20-2007, 11:56 AM
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its a 70+ gal custom made tank
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pretty cool
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Oooo! Those look like nice dimensions. It had to be a custom made. Who made it?
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Old 01-21-2007, 01:09 AM
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a local little glass shop call tims glass and tile. its 18x36x30.
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how much did it cost to have it made?
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it coast me 95 bucks not a bad deal i thought. here are the new pics after the rest of my blackjungle order got here yesterday.



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sorry for the dark pics my good digital camera got broke and this one stinks
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couple of questions:

Do you have a false bottom in there or some kind of drainage layer between your substrate and water? Looking at your pond shot, from what I can tell it looks like substrate all the way to the bottom soaking in the water. I could very well be wrong.

What are you uses as a planting layer? It looks like a normal house plant mix, I say this because I see the little white foam balls all over. If this isn't the case sorry for being critical. But as some of the more experienced keepers will tell you, (chim in here guys) house plant planting mixes are going to be short lived and probabilistic in a viv, especially soaking in water.


I hope I am wrong on all accounts here, and if I am Great Looking Tank!
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it is a false bottom, i used about three or four inches of gravel as the bottom and plastec screen between that and the peat and coca fiber substrate although alittle dirt around the edges did get through. the little white things you see are perlite that helps increase drainage through the dence peat. it also adds some air to the soil. the wet soil at the pond is that way so my water plants still have alittle dirt to put there roots in. i also put that piece of wood there to help keep rest the dirt up and out of the water
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Cool. I like the Cryptanthis...

Just a question....Do you have the auratus AND the mantellas in the same tank? Or am I reading your sig wrong?
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no i have another 18x18x24 that the auratus usually stay in although its will be under construction for a week or two, caused by a newb mistake i put my substrate ontop of my pump and it went bad so i am in the prosess of rebuilding it. it was my firt viv. so they are in the same tank right now but not for long. the auratus are still juves so they dont seem to be bothering the mantellas. i built this big enclosure for just mantellas i would like to get about six or seven more. the male that i have now calls all night long it sounds so cool.
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Personally, I would be a little concerned about the frogs accidentally ingesting the perlite which might intestinal blockages. I've heard that people who have geckos worry about the same thing.

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so far i havent had any problems ive done it like this for about 4 years but i will keep that in mind. i dont think it would hurt them other than a very abrasive poop :x
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i would like to add some more cork and mabee some coca fiber to the back ground yet just to close it in a bit more. it should add allittle securety for the frogs. otherwise this is the finished product.
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Personally, I would be a little concerned about the frogs accidentally ingesting the perlite which might intestinal blockages. I've heard that people who have geckos worry about the same thing.

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I've been using Perlite for a while now myself with zero ill affects. Frogs will spit out what isn't food even if they manage get a piece in their mouths. That alone is even less likely.
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