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Old 01-14-2005, 01:35 PM
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From all the pics and research I've done I haven't seen anyone use a corner tank for a vivarium. This tank was used for a planted freshwater fish tank but will now be a home for 6 g&b auratus.

-The tank: All-Glass Black Seal 54 gal corner on black pine stand.
-Lights: Coralife 130 watt PC light with 2 6700K bulbs.
-Filter: Zoo-Med 501 turtle canister filter.

-Building materials: Black expanding pond foam, coco fiber, T&C Rainforest substrate mix, lava rock, gravel, Eco Complete black substrate, black silicone II and lace rock.

It all starts with an emply tank...



A partial false bottom is used for a reservoir for the water feature.



Lace rock is arranged for the waterfall. The water pick up line runs throught the back of the rockwork to the bottom.



Black expanding pond foam is used to fill the gaps and hold the rock in place. After the foam dried the excess was cut off with a razor blade.



Coco fiber is pressed on a layer of black silicone II. The silicone was applied by hand using a latex glove. Right before applying the coco I patted the silicone to raise it up and give more texture. After the silicone dried I use a soft paint brush to remove the excess.



Lava rock was used to fill in the areas not covered by the false bottom, then gravel, then Eco Complete and finally the Rainforest mix. The Zoo-Med filter was set up and running with the return on the top of the rocks.




A few pieces of driftwood, pagota rock and coco huts were used to decorate and create hiding places for the frogs.

It's hard to see in the pic but the shallow pond area has two stages and flows under the wood on the left.



A few plants are planted but more will be added soon. IMO this last pic doesn't really show off the depth of the tank. Sorry but my camera isn't that good.

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Old 01-14-2005, 01:52 PM
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Very nice tank...
Bigger tanks are SO much more interesting.
Keep the pics comming!
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Old 01-14-2005, 02:02 PM
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Very nice tank...
Bigger tanks are SO much more interesting.
Keep the pics comming!
Thanks!

I have to figure out how to get a good picture. These really don't do it justice.
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Old 01-14-2005, 02:05 PM
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If your pump is under the limited false bottom... I hope you gave yourself a way to get access to it!

It will clog at some point!

[edit: I see hoses in and out so I assume your pump is out of the tank...]

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If your pump is under the limited false bottom... I hope you gave yourself a way to get access to it!

It will clog at some point!

[edit: I see hoses in and out so I assume your pump is out of the tank...]

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Yes, the canister is outside the tank. The intake is completely open in case I need to blow it out. I also made sure to vacuum out all the debris before adding water but I'm sure something will find its way in there.
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Old 01-14-2005, 04:29 PM
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I'm glad you posted all your pictures. That is going to be a great tank!!
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I'm glad you posted all your pictures. That is going to be a great tank!!
Thank you!

I will post updated pics as I make changes.
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From all the pics and research I've done I haven't seen anyone use a corner tank for a vivarium.
I have a 36 gallon corner tank for my azureus.




Yours came out great!
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that is s GORGEOUS tank. well done.
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Nice tank reefgal! I would not have known that was a corner tank if you hadn't said so.
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Drakken,

You're right about not being able to capture the vivs adequately on film. The pictures never do the vivs justice. As you said, you can't even tell by the picture I posted that it is a corner tank. Even when I use macro mode on my camera I can't convey the sense of depth that really exists in the tank. Too bad we never get to see each other's vivs in person!
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Drakken,

You're right about not being able to capture the vivs adequately on film. The pictures never do the vivs justice. As you said, you can't even tell by the picture I posted that it is a corner tank. Even when I use macro mode on my camera I can't convey the sense of depth that really exists in the tank. Too bad we never get to see each other's vivs in person!
We need hi-rez web cams!!

In my pic the waterfall looks like it's sliding down, probably due to the angle the pic was taken. In person it is much more vertical.
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Still can't get a pic that shows this tank well.

another shot...

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So far so good, you may want to get some ficus, orchids or other plants on the background. Its a great start though.
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So far so good, you may want to get some ficus, orchids or other plants on the background. Its a great start though.
Yeah, I plan to get more plants and maybe moss.
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Still can't get a pic that shows this tank well.
maybe try one from each side. like with the straight wall as the side of the pic. if you show both in the same post it may help show the dramatics. i think 'on end' shots help a lot with rectangle vivs, maybe the same is true with corners........just a thought :?

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I'm working on an older corner tank, a 45 gallon right now. I am waiting to get my lighting before I dive in, but I got the glass top and false bottom all done. Mine has 5 panes of glass though, not the curved glass like yours. But hey, Mine was free with the stand, so the price was right! I'll try to get pics of it later this summer when it is completed. It's a spring/summer project for now(along with the other hundred projects)

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More lame attempts to get a halfway decent pic. I guess I need Kyle to come take pics for me!






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i think it looks great Drakken. you can really tell how much depth there is when you look at the second pic and use the first one for reference. it looks real good to me. i wish we could see through the glass alittle better :lol:


j/k it looks great like it is! im sure your CRAZY auratus will likey
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i think it looks great Drakken. you can really tell how much depth there is when you look at the second pic and use the first one for reference. it looks real good to me. i wish we could see through the glass alittle better :lol:


j/k it looks great like it is! im sure your CRAZY auratus will likey
Thanks 2mnytnx! I tried to wipe off the glass but it fogged up pretty quickly.

My one really crazy frog was out cliff diving again while the other one was doing some wall climbing. Silly frogs!
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