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Old 07-23-2010, 11:19 PM
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I've been working on a few new vivariums lately. The first one is actually a Zoo-Med 12"x12"x18":



This is going to house a pair of Panamanian G&B auratus. The construction is grout over foam with a drip-wall, and false bottom. I've also incorporated some of my earlier clay experiments in this tank. The bromeliads at the top left are actually pressed into clay. Of the two Episcia on the top tier, the one on the left is in my usual substrate mix and the one on the right is growing in clay. The bottom right is a false rock that covers the pump for the drip wall.

This is an Exo-Terra 18" cube:



This tank will house my two male Azureus. The tree trunk is from a Cupaniopsis anacardioides or "Carrotwood tree". This tropical (invasive plant here in FL) hardwood tree should last for quite a few years in the high humidity of a vivarium. The bottom 3" of the trunk, and all cuts are coated with epoxy to slow decomposition. The bottom is 1" of hydroton, covered with screen, and then substrate for the plants and 2" of leaf litter (mixed oak). The plant in the back left is Hoffmania bullata, left front Ruellia makoyana, on the left side of the tree trunk Monstera dubia, the right side of the tree trunk is a Marcgravia sp., and in the right front is a small division of Calathea makoyana.

Finally, this is an Exo-Terra 18"x18"x24":



This is home to my male Crested Gecko. The "tree" is cork bark, and the gannoderma conks are made from Great Stuff foam (painted with acrylic paints). The bottom is hydroton, with screen, substrate, and covered with a layer of leaf litter (Auracaria sp.). There are a few Bulbophyllum sp. mounted in the tree, and on the ground is a Plocoglottis acuminata in the right rear, and a Scindapsus pictus in the foreground.

I'll have at least one more to post in the next week....
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nice viv, love that tree stump in the second one!!
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Very nice

12X12X18 isn't too small for Auratus?
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Very nice

12X12X18 isn't too small for Auratus?
As the plantings fill in, the tank will have even more hides. This tank's been planted and growing for about 3 weeks now. It's hard to tell from the pics, but there are actually 3 terrace layers in the tank. The top layer protrudes approx. 5" from the back of the tank, and 3 1/2" from the side, this then sweeps back (undercut effect) to the middle layer which is approx. 2" from the back and 2" from the sides with two small "caves" behind the dripwall (one is behind the Syngonium wendlandii that goes back to the glass), and then the floor of the tank. With the terracing, I have about the same "floor" area as a flat-planted 18" cube.

I put the auratus in the tank yesterday evening--and they seem to be fairly content. They've explored the entire tank, and one seems to have settled in one of the Episcias, and the other in the Syngonium. Both came right out for "breakfast" this morning....
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I love the stump! Very nice touch!
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Thanks. That stump took me over 2 1/2 hours to wrestle out without damaging the bark or breaking any of the buttresses (the tree develops a tap root in addition to the buttressed roots). The piece that I brought home was initially 5' tall and weighed about 100 lbs. I've had it slowly drying out over several months.

I just moved my Azureus into their new house. They've been quite curiously exploring their new surroundings. I'll try and snap a couple of pictures later....
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They're all awesome! Great plant selection too, I especially like the Marcgravia. How big do the leaves get on that?
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I'm not certain which species of Marcgravia is in this tank (I recently received the cutting from Harry Witmore). The sp. of Marcgravia I'm familiar with will will get leaves approx. 3-4 inches long...
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Nice looking tanks Alasdair.

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Thanks everyone for the compliments.

Here's a couple of pics of some of the new residents:

Azureus:


My male Crestie:


I'll try and get some pics of the auratus in their new house--if they'll ever sit still. Maybe I can sneak up on them tonight when they're sleeping....
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I'm not certain which species of Marcgravia is in this tank (I recently received the cutting from Harry Witmore). The sp. of Marcgravia I'm familiar with will will get leaves approx. 3-4 inches long...

I've got a Marcgravia species I have had for 6 months or so and the leaves have stayed under an inch. It's a pretty slow grower with bright green leaves, it looks quite different from what you have. Maybe we will trade cuttings once yours get established?

You will definitely have to update these pics in six months after they have had time to fill in, they will look amazing.
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I've got a Marcgravia species I have had for 6 months or so and the leaves have stayed under an inch. It's a pretty slow grower with bright green leaves, it looks quite different from what you have. Maybe we will trade cuttings once yours get established?

You will definitely have to update these pics in six months after they have had time to fill in, they will look amazing.
No problem Josh. I'll PM you after I get things going with the Marcgravia.
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I've been working on a few new vivariums lately. The first one is actually a Zoo-Med 12"x12"x18":



This is going to house a pair of Panamanian G&B auratus. The construction is grout over foam with a drip-wall, and false bottom. I've also incorporated some of my earlier clay experiments in this tank. The bromeliads at the top left are actually pressed into clay. Of the two Episcia on the top tier, the one on the left is in my usual substrate mix and the one on the right is growing in clay. The bottom right is a false rock that covers the pump for the drip wall.

This is an Exo-Terra 18" cube:



This tank will house my two male Azureus. The tree trunk is from a Cupaniopsis anacardioides or "Carrotwood tree". This tropical (invasive plant here in FL) hardwood tree should last for quite a few years in the high humidity of a vivarium. The bottom 3" of the trunk, and all cuts are coated with epoxy to slow decomposition. The bottom is 1" of hydroton, covered with screen, and then substrate for the plants and 2" of leaf litter (mixed oak). The plant in the back left is Hoffmania bullata, left front Ruellia makoyana, on the left side of the tree trunk Monstera dubia, the right side of the tree trunk is a Marcgravia sp., and in the right front is a small division of Calathea makoyana.

Finally, this is an Exo-Terra 18"x18"x24":



This is home to my male Crested Gecko. The "tree" is cork bark, and the gannoderma conks are made from Great Stuff foam (painted with acrylic paints). The bottom is hydroton, with screen, substrate, and covered with a layer of leaf litter (Auracaria sp.). There are a few Bulbophyllum sp. mounted in the tree, and on the ground is a Plocoglottis acuminata in the right rear, and a Scindapsus pictus in the foreground.

I'll have at least one more to post in the next week....
How did you attatch the mushroom ledges to the wood and how did you make the ledge and where did you find the tree wood
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That is one GOOD looking stump. and awesome other tanks!
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that stump is awesome!!! I wish I could get something like that in nj
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