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Old 10-14-2008, 03:11 AM
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I used black silicone and peat on most of it. but in the areas whee the great stuff shrank i filled it in with gorilla glue and the 1 to 1 peat water paste. Im planning on D. vents from Josh's frogs and a brom package + other stuff from Antone.

I'm going to use aquatic pond soil as a drainage layer with fiberglass screen and then more peat.

Oh and I was wondering if sassafras was usable as leaf litter. The last picture houses my phelsuma quadriocellata

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Nice! It is always a horrific job to do background with GS and silicone and peat. Well I think it is a horrible job. But actually if you dry the peat very well the only hard part is applying the silicone.
But when you are finished it's always nice to see a nice natural background i guess.

Also I think vents will love the vertical space and if you get plants as nice as in your Phlesuma tank they will have an happy life!

Great job keep us updated!

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Old 10-19-2008, 09:13 PM
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So i got my piano hinge and clasp from Josh's frogs and i just need glass now. I also ordered my plants from Antone. I'm guessing they should ship soon.

However, when i went on my college visit to UNC Charlotte, i visited the greenhouse there. Because it is a reseach facility, they have every plant that would be seen on one of these sites, and some that are only there. They had so many rare begonia hybrids and others things you would never expect to see. They had an entire section dedicated to bromeliads, ferns, and salangias. another room was a rainforest exhibit with a massive concrete tree covered with cork panel and mosses. there were epiphytic plants everywhere. i saw the largest pup ball of mini neo tiger stripe broms!

Then i met the curator, who bustles around and tends to them all. we talked, and then he takes out his tweezers, and starts giving me all these cuttings of everything. I had a full grocery bag by the time we were through. that was the single nicest thing that has happend to me in awhile. so i decided to use the plants from the greenhouse to plant this 20 gal. Here are my presents:


















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And the unfinished tank shots:




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very nice,your frogs will be happy
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lucky man!!!!!!!!!!!, very nice plants!!!!, what is that stick look plant calles and also that clump of fern...
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i actually dont know what a lot of the small ferns are, they were just popping up out of the exhibit. no one put them there, the spores just popped up.
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