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Old 07-27-2005, 06:22 AM
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So, I got some better lights, and let the plants grow in a little (still have a lot to do, but it is better). Also figured out how to change the settings on my camera to make the pics look better.

Here is before:

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I am planning on getting my frogs in a couple of weeks in August.
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Old 07-27-2005, 08:32 AM
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Wow! Another gorgeous and singular tank. The talent on this board never ceases to amaze me.

Thanks for posting the before and after comparison, that was most interesting. Photography is a big part of the hobby for many of us and there's so much to learn about it as well. I should think it would be quite challenging to get such a good picture of the whole extent of a big tank like your's.

BTW, how long had the plants been growing between the before and after shots?

Thanks for posting.

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Thats looks great!!!! Nice job man. Keep up the good work! What you puttin in there
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That looks really beautiful. The color is much more natural. What was the change in the lights that you made?

Can you identify some of your plants for me. They are very nice! Did you get them locally or online?

Great job! It looks like a froggy paradise!

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Thanks!
It has only been about 2 months, but I got three new plants just last week.
I am going to be getting 5 leucs.
The bulbs that I had before were the ones that came with the tank, and the new ones are some "cool light" bulbs, which i am going to be replacing with some 6500 Kelvin "natural daylight" bulbs.
I got all the plants locally. The far left one is from a nursery, not sure exactly what it is, but it was in the tropical section. The grassy thing next to is is a new one, got at homedepot. It is an air plant, and was crammed in a pot with the other grassthing thing in the middle, and the earthstar in the middle. The earthstar in the middle is not the same as the one in the before picture. The ferns were found around my house. The creeping fig was bought at a nursery. All the rest (bromeliads and other air plants) were bought at Hawaiian Botanicals (a local store).
I have searched high and low, but can not find ANY tropical pillow moss in Canada. Anyone have any ideas, or have some they could send? I am trying to grow this "Kyoto Moss", but it doesn't seem to be growing.
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WOW, that Viv looks really nice.
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Nice tank Beeswax,

Can you describe the water feature for us? Is there a false bottom under the whole tank or just a section? I see that the background around the waterfall is saturated, this area is just begging for some java moss. Is the soil around the waterfall saturated too?

The tank looks great. Good luck with your leucs.
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The construction journal is here.
There is a false bottom for the whole thing. I previously had the water fall into a small pond, and flow through a stream to the lower pond (you can see the gravel where there is no silicon in the front). The stream leaked way to much, so I got rid of it, and the lower pond, and just had the waterfall fall into the upper pond and escape into the false bottom.
Just recently, I dug up a little of the lower pond, just so there is about a 1/4" of water on top of the gravel, the frogs seem to enjoy it.
I plan to get some java moss soon. The soil around the waterfall is pretty wet, I tried to minimize the splashing from the falling water, but it is constantly wet. I plan to get some java moss for there too.
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