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This is the 18x18x24 exo terra I just finished planting last week or so.






As of now it houses 2 female R. imitator Chazuta, while I wait for a male to pop up for sale. Hopefully I'll get good growth soon to cover up all that exposed epiweb.

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Looks great! I like your plant selection
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Swapped a dying fern for a different dying fern and took a better picture.
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That turned out really good.
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Nicely done. Looks great right off the bat. Can't wait to see how it evolves/grows out in the future.
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Now featuring Vriesea erythrodactylon x2

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Very nice!!! Working on a 18x18x24 myself. Digging the minimalist background. Do you have a plant list? Interested to see what you have in there.


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Very nicely done. It looks awesome right now. Looking forward to seeing it fully grown in.
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Is the epiweb background difficult to remove if you wanted to remove it later? Would love to try it out but don't want to damage a tank trying to remove it if I don't like it.
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This is amazing! I am also curious to see your plant list, those Bromeliads are stunning!
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Very nice!!! Working on a 18x18x24 myself. Digging the minimalist background. Do you have a plant list? Interested to see what you have in there.


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Bromeliads:
Vriesea racinae x2
Vriesea erythrodactylon x2
Neoregelia 'savoy truffle'

Vines/trailers:
Marcgravia rectiflora
Philodendron verrucosum
Philodendron micans
Philodendron wend imbe
Peperomia scandens
Peperomia sp. (can't remember the name of this one. Common fast growing, medium sized bright green leaves with red stems)
Peperomia prostrata

Ferns:
Rabbits foot fern
NOID hardware store fern in the left side of the tank
Pyrrosia piloselloides
Microgramma sp.

Others:
Episcia sp.
Saxifraga stolonifera
Low growing tropical moss
Java moss
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Is the epiweb background difficult to remove if you wanted to remove it later? Would love to try it out but don't want to damage a tank trying to remove it if I don't like it.
I just fixed it to the background with silicone, so its no harder to remove than any other background using silicone as the main adhesive.
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This is amazing! I am also curious to see your plant list, those Bromeliads are stunning!
Thanks! They are my favorite bromeliads I've used so far!
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Wicked tank! Do you have a bulkhead for draining it, or a place to siphon from somewhere?

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Ash,
There is a mistking bulkhead at the back of the tank draining to a five gallon bucket.
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Kudos! Love the depth you've created with scape and plantings. Makes the viv look a lot bigger than it is.
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I like the way this turned out, less is better for the background. I am starting my second build, my first one 18x18x12 was a conventual foam job looks ok but a bit busy. I need to give more thought on the negative spaces, I believe it makes your plants pop more once they are grown out.
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How did I miss this one? I like your minimalist background. It works nicely with your plants, and your arrangement looks attractive, too.
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How is it doing? What are your experiences and maybe tips for Vriesea racinae?
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Very nice I love the plant placement

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Can someone tell me how these eggs look? Found them this morning.



And here is a quick FTS, really crappy image I'm afraid.

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I love the look of how everything is placed and planted. Those eggs to me look to be infertile and bad
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It looks great!
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Now that this tank has had time to grow in, what are your thoughts on the epiweb? My plants avoid it like the plague. In the pictures in the thread, it didn't look like the plants were growing against it, either. Has that changed as things have grown in?

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Now that this tank has had time to grow in, what are your thoughts on the epiweb? My plants avoid it like the plague. In the pictures in the thread, it didn't look like the plants were growing against it, either. Has that changed as things have grown in?

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If the air flow is good, the plants refuse to grow on it. Iíve just now gotten some marcgravia growth on it but several shoots have tried and died. In the back left of the tank underneath the vriesea, thereís much less airflow and it always has moss and little vines growing on it
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If the air flow is good, the plants refuse to grow on it. Iíve just now gotten some marcgravia growth on it but several shoots have tried and died. In the back left of the tank underneath the vriesea, thereís much less airflow and it always has moss and little vines growing on it
That's good to know. The place I watch most often in one of my tanks that has epiweb is up toward the top so it may be too dry. I have also had the situation where Marcgravia grows up against the epiweb and the growth tip goes down below the top layer and beheads itself. Do you think you would use epiweb again based on your experience? I have decided I don't see the use of it, myself.

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I could see myself using it again because Iím partial to the minimalist look it gives. But if I were to build another tank immediately I would likely use epiweb and then coat it with hygrolon. I loved the results I got from hygrolon on foam and would like to see how hygrolon on epiweb would work
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I could see myself using it again because Iím partial to the minimalist look it gives. But if I were to build another tank immediately I would likely use epiweb and then coat it with hygrolon. I loved the results I got from hygrolon on foam and would like to see how hygrolon on epiweb would work
Yeah, I should have said I wouldn't use it by itself. Covered by hygrolon, it might work just fine. That's a good idea. At that point, though, are you gaining anything by using epiweb that you might be able to do cheaper with Great Stuff or something else underneath?

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Yeah, I should have said I wouldn't use it by itself. Covered by hygrolon, it might work just fine. That's a good idea. At that point, though, are you gaining anything by using epiweb that you might be able to do cheaper with Great Stuff or something else underneath?

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Not sure to be completely honest. Iím sure Iíve read about the benefits of the combo on here before but Iím not a big enough plant enthusiast to be totally sure or even know if Iím remembering correctly. Maybe it allows for greater root penetration because itís porous?
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