Originally Posted by leotheleopard1
I'm in love with all your work! So amazing! Can you explain how you created the landscape please?
Thanks, that viv is basically dead. I kinda fell outta love with the idea of keeping a leo, and at that time ran outta money for the extra equipment I needed to make the desert viv a viable habitat. I will probably just clean it up a bit... add water and a glass top/lights I have and let it be a tropical viv, and maybe re-visit the desert viv idea again in the future.
As for how I did the landscape, It was a long time ago so I have to go off memory and what I can see by looking at the tank, but really except for having a screen top it is basically the same construction as any viv since I never got around to adding the heat pads and dehumidifier. The soil is just a mix of whatever I had on hand at the time mostly...like coco husk, peat moss, sphagnum moss, sand, aquarium gravel etc..etc..
The back wall is just broken slate tiles with silicone used as grout to hold them in place and glow in the dark calci sand pressed into the silicone to make the veins glow...I would paint it if I did it again for a cleaner look. When I turn it into a tropical viv I'll probably paint the edges of the rocks with grey and over the glow sand with glow paint to make it look nicer.
The only other kinda odd feature is an unusually deep substrate layer in most of the tank so that the top soil would be unlikely to get real wet especially with screen top and other equipment added to keep it desert like.
If you haven't checked out my 2 flickr galleries below in my signature, I would do that...I think the build pics probably do a much better job of explaining how it is put together without me having to write a small novel
But if you have any specific questions I'm happy to answer if I can