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Old 10-21-2004, 01:37 AM
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Default 10 vert rack and DIY expandable hi press. misting sys.

Rack holds 8 x 10g verts (diy) and bottom shelf (not visible) holds additional short tanks.


Individual DIY 10g vert


DIY hi press. misting system
I really wanted a high pressure pump to get the really nice floating mist. The problem with high pressure pumps though is that if you don't have enough tanks/nozzels, the pressure is too high in the line and the pump keeps shutting down due to an internal pressure restictor. I started with only a couple tanks and will expand to many more so what I did to be able to use the high pressure pump (100psi) was to plumb all the way back to the resevoir and put a ball valve and pressure gague that allows me to adjust the pressure in the line to keep it under 100psi. The more tanks I add the more closed the ball valve and eventually (many more tanks) I'll close the valve completely. It's also cool to be able to see/show the difference between 45psi mist and 100psi mist.
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Looks great!!!!
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looks awesome. :-)

what are you using for the mesh on the top of the verts?
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wow i counted 11 cups in one of the tank thats a lot of cups.
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Old 10-21-2004, 03:04 AM
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The mesh is nylon sheer curtains from WalMart. Allows good airflow but doesn't allow ff's to get out.
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rmelancon,

Your set up looks great! I have a couple of questions, as I am about to build a couple of verticle tanks, also.

Can you elaborate on how you made the "Upper Mesh Panel"?
Do you have drains in the tanks?
Did you drill the tanks for the misting systems?

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Old 10-21-2004, 02:32 PM
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Upper panel is made from diy screen "kits" sold at Lowes or Home Depot. Basically cut to length sides, add corners use spline to attach mesh.
Tanks are not drained. I drilled a 3/4 hole in the top of each for the misting heads.
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Very clever idea to use the 100psi pump with the ball valve and pressure guage!
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Rob,
Great set-up!
How comfortable are you with using 10's to house thumbs? I've seen/heard many opinions and wanted to get yours. Also are you housing pairs or larger groups?
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Very nice, about what mine is going to look like, but no plans for a misting system yet. What are the little cups? and why so many?
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Kyle,
This is just a guess, but it seems like they are little cups for pumilio or any other egg feeders. I would think they could move their tads from cup to cup. Cool idea.

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Ya its just a interesting idea, just wondered why so many?
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rmelancon,

Very nice idea with useing the ball valve and pressure gauge to adjust the system. Which pump are you useing and where did you get it? What are the specs on it? Also what is the black device hooked into the pump feed line just after coming out of the rubbermaid tub?

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were did you get the rack at it looks nice and sturdy, all the ones i find are plastic and they look like they will shake to much with to much weight
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Some answers:
TimStout - I do everything in pairs. There are some species that can be kept in groups with the right setup and there are many other discussions on this. I will add that if you want to do groups I have found that it helps if the animals are raised together. I think 10's work well for thumbs, although if I had the space I'd go bigger. My first pair of bastis were kept in a very small < 2 gallon cube and produced about 10 young in their first year, all in those little cups.

Kyle - the cups are for egg feeders to raise their young. Rotting broms have been a problem in the past so I came up with the idea for the cups. I have some with both broms and cups so we'll see if there is a preferance. There are a lot of cups because I figure the more deposition sites, the more tads they might raise although this has not been proven. The cups also help with my surrogate and artificial raising of egg feeders, they are easy to remove, switch tads etc. Also helps when they neonate out, I don't have to destroy the tank chasing froglets.

outlaw - the Black thing is a filter that keeps debris from entering the pump. The pump is 100psi from a spray equipment company I found online. It is AC which makes it twice as expensive as the DC version.
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Kyle, so the frogs can choose the spot they like, ie. some may get more light, or less light, some a little more hidden. I like that idea alot, it allows you to see the progress of egg feeder tads, instead of trying to catch a glimpse of a pumilio tad before it darts down into the center of the brom.
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You people make me sick, always posting your fancy rack systems making us average froggers envious and jealous! We need a new rule, no more amazing rack systems posted!

Great job! I love your setup, and that is one large resivour(sp.) for that misting system.

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