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Old 02-22-2005, 07:16 AM
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As being one of the newest members, i wanted to show of my vivarium over here. It's size is 1,00 x 0,40 x 0,50 mtrs. It contains 2 Ph. Bicolors and 2 Ep. Tricolors. A river with a nice waterfall is running from one side to another. These are the pictures:

This is the front end of the vivarium

Second picture, the vivarium seen from the waterfall

Number three, the other side, in the back, the waterfall


Hope you like this pictures, if you want to see how i've made it, this is a link to more pictures : Click here (sorry, it's in dutch)
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:45 AM
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Thats really nice looking.
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Old 02-22-2005, 01:12 PM
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Did you use flevopol for the stream?

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Very nice

Information about how you built the water features would be wonderful. Also, it looks like the substrate is up on some styrofoam, is it porous to allow water to collect?

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i used the stuff which you use to plaster your tiles against the wall, i don't know how you say it in english. I think it is called mortar fixative. First i made a body out of styrofoam, and i totally coated it with mortar fixative, including the parts where the substrate is located, this because otherwise the substrate would go into the styrofoam.

These are two pictures
At this picture you see the first part that is totally coated, and on the left you'll see the pumphousing. Total ammount of water in the system is only 8 liters. The middle of the river is the point with the biggest waterdepth, so you can empty the river, and clean it.

And a close up of the waterfall


Further on i've made a housing for the pump a the left side (on the picture). I camouflaged the topping of the housing as a stone. This way i can easely clean the pump. At the end of the river, where the pumphouse starts, i've put a small filter in the water, this is , so the frogs can't swim into the pumphouse.
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I think it's just grout. Have you tested the water for pH?

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This is very nice.Thanks for sharing.While mine is torn apart I think I will modify my idea and add a stream.

I am waiting to see if you ever did test the ph compared to your water source and when.Barb
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i did not test my PH yet, but my frogs are in there for about 1 month now without any problems. And my plants are growing like wild.
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I was just wondering...because many concretes and grouts are based heavily on CaCO3 which causes the mixture to be very basic, close to 12 sometimes. I was just trying to round up some info on the leeching of the grout into the water and seeing how it effects the pH. Do you have a pH kit that you could test it for us?

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i 've just tested it 5 minutes ago, My ph is roundabout 9.5
it's a little bit higher then normal, but i don't think it's a problem.

Some types of ground, such as peat (same as in swamps) cause a rise of your PH also?
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I thought peat lowered the Ph. Grout I think would raise it.Barb
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i 've just tested it 5 minutes ago, My ph is roundabout 9.5
it's a little bit higher then normal, but i don't think it's a problem.

Some types of ground, such as peat (same as in swamps) cause a rise of your PH also?
Most organics (like peat) will tend to leach acids, which lower the pH. I would consider 9.5 a little high, and I might do something to lower it. But I doubt it will be a frog killer. It might not be so good for any eggs or tadpoles that show up, though.
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Hi Markus502
Are you from Canada????
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no , not from canada,
from holland, the country in which i run my own dutch frogportal
http://www.kikkerforum.com .
Why did you think i'm from canada?
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Yea, you could add some peat moss to lower the pH.

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That's a good idea, i'm going to try this
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markus, How long has the water been in that set up? Have you tested the Ph at the water source? Barb
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Nice tank! I like the water feature.....is that light inside the tank? I thought you weren't sposed ta do that. :?
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Nice tank! I like the water feature.....is that light inside the tank? I thought you weren't sposed ta do that. :?
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the light is indeed in the tank, but it is positioned so that the frogs can't reach. It's covererd with plexiglas, so it looks like it's inside, but is isn't
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