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Old 03-21-2007, 04:28 AM
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Well, I don't know if we've had a thread like this before, but I've been curious about this recently and wanted to know everyones' opinions- from the newest members to our most involved. I think if this proves successful, it will serve as an invaluable asset to those looking for inspiration.

The idea is simple: list your top three favourite vivs (whether you consider them the most beautiful or the most innovative- the choice is yours.) Include a picture of the viv (or a link) along with the creator's name. You could even explain your reasoning, if you feel so compelled.

I don't really know if these are my absolute favorites- I've seen quite a few over the year-and-a-half I've visited this board, but these vivaria popped immediately into my head as proving inspirational to my own work.

TimsViv's Vivarium:

http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewt ... highlight=
This vivarium is simply stunning- the water feature really brings it to life. Otherwise, the land section would be somewhat dull, but the beautiful waterfall really sets it apart.

hans7's Vivarium:

http://members.chello.nl/j.pietersma9/index_eng.htm
Yet another beautiful example of paludaria. I really love this terrarium because it's just so humongous- there's discus in there for God's sake!!! He also uses so many plants that you never get to see in vivaria, and the tank just looks pristine. I guess if you're European, these things just come naturally...

And Lastly:
StevenBonheim's Vivarium:

http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewt ... g&start=45
Surprised it wasn't a paludarium? :roll: Heh. Quite simply, I just like the look of this vivarium- it looks like someone went exploring in the Amazon and just brought this back with them.

Well, those are my top three. I'm interested to see what everyone else thinks. What are your favourites?
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:53 PM
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Dan Conner's 240

http://www.vivariaforums.com/forums/sho ... =64&page=4

Then Marty's from Mist King (but his thread here is broken)

Then wishIwereAnExper'ts 120

http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewt ... c&start=15

What can I say? I'm a sucker for acrylic vivariums.
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I thought acrylic warped really bad?
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:05 PM
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Let's try to stay on topic.

Come now, there's 166 views and only one poster. All of you viewers must have your own opinions, and I'd be happy to hear them. Don't be bashful!!
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That first one you posted has to be one of my favorites as well. Other than that, I have 2 tanks of my own that would be the next two. I need to take some updated pics of them. I will post them soon.
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:55 PM
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I thought acrylic warped really bad?
Not really. Mine has warped a little near the lights, but nothing significant, and its made out of 1/4" acrylic. The door, on the other hand, is giving me trouble, but thats not because of a warp from the lighting.

But, back to the discussion!
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Heres one I really like, definately one of my favorites

This guy lives in Finland. He offers these pictures as backgrounds. But they are his tanks and animals.


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Always nice to see mine paludarium in the top 3 Agrippa.
I wase suprised to see it her on the topic :lol: \

Also i have a nice link with nice pictures of the dutch contest (with butiful pictures of aquarium and paludarium) just have a look if you want and tip on the name to see the photo,s.

http://www.venividivissie.org/wedstrijd/deelnemers.html

In the meen time there was a new update on mine home page

Now i try to vissit more often 8)
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Hey, here is VicSkimmr's tank he made this fall or winter, I love how it is set up, it looks very natural, and also you can view it from any angle that you want.
http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewt ... c&start=30
I also love this tank that Rana made:
http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewt ... highlight=

I love how green it is and how well planted the back wall is, it also has some unique wood in it.

I can't find the third viv that I love. It had sand as a substrate with leaf litter over it, and had a chunk of driftwood in the center with broms all over it. I cannot find this thread, and I can't remember who made it.

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Old 03-21-2007, 09:33 PM
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I think I have 3 favorites.

First is Ghazanfar's viv. Amazing...



Andy's viv




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And last but not least, Steven's viv which someone already posted up there. Great work!
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My top three are Ghanzafer's and Steven's above, as well as Marc van Doorn's:



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I've always loved one of Dilshad Khan's setups from Frognet, mainly for the pure simplicity and extreme naturalness of it (a gazillion plants doesn't always mean a more attractive viv):





This one belongs to Ben E:







This one is from Harald Divossen's collection (one of MANY). It's nothing special, I suppose, but has always appealed to me:



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Old 03-22-2007, 02:07 AM
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Ben E's self sustained vivarium system is definitely my all time favourite and impress me the most.
http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewt ... sc&start=0
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my favs would be (not in any real order):

http://www.aquariumdesigngroup.com/

pic 10 under the paludariums

and a smaller one i really enjoyed
egon's? viv on wildsky

http://www2a.biglobe.ne.jp/~wild-sky/vi ... 0large.jpg


and Marc van Doorn's first viv

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Old 03-22-2007, 11:29 AM
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Wow all these vivs are great, but I really like Skyldale's riverside viv...



http://www.dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=24788
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This is definately one of my favorite tank.

StevenBonheim did a great job on this. I like it because there are just so well planted. So pleasing to the eye. And its totally custom made.
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:08 PM
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Lol, I already posted that one, but keep them coming!! It's interesting to see everyones' preferences for design.
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Nuggular, I'm pretty sure rain is a girl, but you're right, her tanks were (I believe she tore down this tank) amazing. Definately inspired me to set up my viv.

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Heres one I really like, definately one of my favorites

This guy lives in Finland. He offers these pictures as backgrounds. But they are his tanks and animals.


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i think my three favorite are now StevenBonheim's, Ben E's, and Marc van Doorn's that are posted on the first page of this topic.
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GOod thread!!!
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steve's vic's and marty from mist kings rack they are my top 3
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i'm not even gonna try to pick my 3 favorite, cuz i won't be able to find some of the ones i've seen and there's just so many people who really kick butt at making these things. i have yet to make my first real one, but i come here for inspiration. here's a couple random ones i like.

For the smaller ones i really like defaced's 25g. something about where he has everything really is pleasing.
http://www.dendroboard.com/coppermine/d ... =898&pos=0

this is one by andersonii.
http://www.dendroboard.com/coppermine/d ... t=1&pos=10

and this one is just a ridiculously cool idea
http://www.dendroboard.com/coppermine/d ... t=1&pos=39
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I'll give a shout out to Hans and his page. If you go through the whole website you'll appreciate how big it is and how much effort went into it.

http://www.hans-paludarium.nl/
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Great thread! I really like detrazgw's stepped waterfall:

http://www.dendroboard.com/coppermine/d ... 833&pos=37
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I'm too lazy to look it up, but I remember being so enamored with Mist-King Marty's corner tank...
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I own a pair of Brazilian Rainbow Boas, so I used to only belong to the kingsnake.com forum, but tim is a member there too and when i saw the pictuers of his viv in the galleries I was determined to make something as beautiful as that for my female brb. Everyone on the brb forum told me that snake poop is too big for a vivarium to work for them. but i was determined. so i got a 125gal tank and followed the blackjungle.com's instructins to the letter, with a design i created to resemble tim's. I have spent hundreds of dollars getting all the materials and dozens of hours researching vivariums, and setting it up. it's still not done, but I just wanted to say that Tim's Vivarium is a work of art, and it inspired me.
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I can't find the third viv that I love. It had sand as a substrate with leaf litter over it, and had a chunk of driftwood in the center with broms all over it. I cannot find this thread, and I can't remember who made it.
Sound's like Jeff's tank. http://dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=14765

Thanks to the person who mentioned my 25g. That's one of my cooler ideas I think.

Todd's Evil Viv:

Thread: http://dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=23886
I love the concept and the execution. It's just a really neat idea that turned out great. It's so good one day I'm going to steal it for some U. Phantasticus :twisted:

I always have a thing for Antone's tanks, it's the plant placement and photography, but I remember dropping my jaw when I saw this one.

Thread: http://dendroboard.com/phpBB2/viewto...8173&highlight

I can't think of a third right now.



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this one I found on paludarium website and I love it
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^^ :shock: Wow!
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http://terracom.tk/

bunch of cool vivs here including the one dendrodave posted a picture of. cant say i have a favorite one, because everytime i go back i find new things i like about different vivs.
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Thats an awesome Paludarium!!!!
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Go to the above mentioned site and look at Ronald de Mol's viv

O.K………… Ca mon……………….

Whose wife is going to let them get away with this thing in the middle of the living room? :?
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I have to agree that thing is nuts... I still have plans for a 150gal or so, but not looking like this year.

My owly issue with something that big is that it would almost need to be front opening.
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How do they do this with the water, it is moving.

http://home.wanadoo.nl/v.a.kroon/terracom/main.htm

Nice viv. I really like this link. Thanks
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Are you talking about the banner at the top of the page? If so, that's not anyone's viv, that's a banner for the site. The moving water effect is done with a Java applet (miniature program).



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click on the water.........
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i dont know if any of u know this site, its japanese with a poor english translation but the viv's are surprisingly differnt and beautifull !!

http://www.wildsky.net/vivarium/evivariu.htm
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this one I found on paludarium website and I love it
Thats at Aquarium Design Group here in Houston. Its even better in person! All of theirs are great go to http://www.aquariumdesigngroup.com/ and choose galleries -> Paludariums
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