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Old 06-04-2011, 06:19 AM
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I am rebuilding my viv after the old one decided to crack, it was built out of plexi and plexi warps more than I realized it would.

This was the original build
http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/mem...struction.html

I decided to go with an Exo-Terra 18x24x36" extra-high tank, so hopefully it will last much longer this time around. I am moving most of the old rocks to the new tank but had to make some new rocks to fill in since the new tank is not the same size. I also removed the big wood stump and the water feature this time because I am hoping to raise Pumilios in the new tank and wanted to have more room for leaf litter and a clay substrate.

This shows the first steps of making new rocks. The white "rocks" are the ethafoam


this shows the first couple coats of underlayment




These are after a couple more layers






So after finishing sculpting I decided that I wanted more room on the back wall for plants and the rocks took up too much room, so out they came!!
These are some photos after the painting








I added a piece of ghostwood


Next corkbark and tree fern was added to the back wall and another small piece of ghostwood





So that is everything so far. I have ordered lots of broms and will put them in next week along with the mistking. I have not yet figured out how I am going to do the top, take out the screen and add glass inside the panels of the current top or take out the support and do all glass.

For anyone wanting to know how to make the rocks please look at the original post linked at the top for all of the instructions.

I need plant suggestions!!! I want some orchids for the branches and some creepers(NO FICUS PUMILIO!!!! It distroyed the last tank. I am thinking about some Columnea and Hoya mounted on the back wall.
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your last build is one of my top favorite builds. i wish i had your artistic ability to make fake rock like that. nice work! cant wait to see it finished. as for a creeping vine i would go with maybe try marcgravia. i think it looks really cool! here is a thread with it a viv that has it all over in the tank. http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/mem...tique-viv.html
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:07 AM
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Yeah!! seriously!!! I wish I had your skills with making rocks!!!.. Your method of background is by far my favorite!! So much more natural looking and ( so much cleaner) looking against the clay or GS /Peat moss because of the fine Detail. I agree!! your first build was my favorite one I used!!! it sucks about the tank warping!! ( IMO) take the wire mesh OUT!! No matter what anyone says ( it will rust) weather 2 months from now or ( 2 years).. do you want to go back and pull it out 1 year from now?? ( i had to do that because i listened to someone who said " it will not rust" and of course... it DID!! did it to all 7 of my exos ( when humidity is at 85 to 90%) in them for 15 months , just get rid of it!!. as far

as the ( one big glass or the smaller ones) I have done both methods on my own tanks. ( Really on Preference) I love the ( one big glass look) plus, it allows more light in around the tank as i find the light gets " chopped" up by the dividers ( unless you use the exo canopies). but if you plan on a T5.. one big glass for sure. I'm sure there will be plenty who will disagree


rest is out of my league when it comes to plants..( so cant help there)
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Your rock work is so nice it's actually painful to look at haha. Keep it up!
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Subscribed. Your rock builds are better than any I can recall.

As for plants, you may want to look into some of these:

* = my favorites

*Philodendron sp. 'Burle Marx Fantasy'
*Philodendron camposportoanum
*Philodendron micans
Philodendron squamiferum (larger growing)
*Philodendron verrucosum (larger growing but beautiful foliage)
*Rhaphidophora pachyphylla (really tiny aroid; Black Jungle sells this one as Rhaphidophora sp.)
Rhaphidophora hayi
Rhaphidophora cryptantha
*Syngonium rayii will climb given enough time but it's a good low-light plant for the bottom as well
*Begonia glabra
Begonia eleagnifolia - both species have nice climbing habits with age
Begonia prismatocarpa
*Microgramma spp. (lycopodioides, heterophylla, vaccinifolia seem to be the most common)
*Microsorum linguiforme (cool epiphytic fern)
*Davallia parvula
*Davallia sessilifolia (more cool creeping epiphytic ferns)
Columnea allenii (if you can find some)
*Columnea microphylla
*Ficus sp. 'Panama' is much slower growing than pumila; highly recommended
Cissus amazonica (really nice once established)
Cissus discolor
*Marcgravia spp. (One green sp. circulates around Dendroboard as well as rectiflora)
*Peperomia prostrata
Peperomia rotundifolia
*Piper crocatum (not very common but it's a cool climber if you can find it)

I don't usually use a lot of orchids ($$$) but here are some that I've used/would like to use:
*Pleurothallis grobyi
*Pleurothallis brighamii
Haraella odorata
Schoenorchis fragrans
Platystele misera
Restrepia brachypus
Scaphosepalum rapax
Bulbophyllum lasiochilum
Masdevallia estradae
Masdevallia erinacea

Most of those I listed are creepers/climbers/epiphytes that will grow on the background.

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Thanks guys,
That is a great list of plants.

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Old 06-05-2011, 12:12 AM
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I got my bromeliads in the mail today and just finished cleaning them. I am very happy with them, they look even nicer in person. I hope they will all fit!









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Awesome tank and beautiful broms. Can't wait to see the tank planted with them! Subscribed to this thread too.
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nice viv!!!!

I like the idea of using 3 different types of background
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The original was always an inspiration for rock work...sad to hear it cracked. I'm glad to see you were able to "re-purpose" the rocks, and the blending work looks great.

For your climbing plants, some Marcgravia rectiflora will work well on the cork (it doesn't seem to like growing on anything but wood). Some of the smaller-leafed Philo. spp. will do well on the rock. I like the look of P. camposportoanum, or P. 'grazielle' for your tank...but that's just a personal thought.

You may also look into some of the smaller species of Elaphoglossum ferns. E. lanceolatum or E. standleyi look awesome on rocks.

There are some nice orchids that are naturally lithophytic that would look right at home in your setup. Laelia liliputiana and Laelia fourneiri both grow on limestone rock in Brazil--and would do well in the higher light/temps at the top of a vivarium.

Looking forward to seeing the completed project!
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Looking great. Did you use mortar on the rocks? I echo the comment on the screen for exos.. I have seen a number of them rust. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Thanks for all the plant tips, I need all I can get. I really want to make sure I don't get anything that will take over the tank this time around.
I love the look of the Marcgravia, but does it grow too fast? Also I can't seem to find any place to buy it online. Anybody know where to get it?
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Looking great. Did you use mortar on the rocks? I echo the comment on the screen for exos.. I have seen a number of them rust. Can't wait to see the finished product.
I used underlayment cement like the original build. I used Henry's brand underlayment which is not nearly as nice as the Ardex product, but much cheaper.
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Where did you order those broms from? They rock!
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Where did you order those broms from? They rock!
I found them on Ebay. Just look under mini neregelia.
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[QUOTE=RarePlantBroker;606084]The original was always an inspiration for rock work...sad to hear it cracked. I'm glad to see you were able to "re-purpose" the rocks, and the blending work looks great.

For your climbing plants, some Marcgravia rectiflora will work well on the cork (it doesn't seem to like growing on anything but wood). Some of the smaller-leafed Philo. spp. will do well on the rock. I like the look of P. camposportoanum, or P. 'grazielle' for your tank...but that's just a personal thought.

You may also look into some of the smaller species of Elaphoglossum ferns. E. lanceolatum or E. standleyi look awesome on rocks.

These Elaphoglossum ferns sound great, but I can't seem to find any available. Any ideas where to find these?

The orchids I found on Andy's Orchids.
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You will want to check with rareferns.com for the Elaphoglossum. Charles is limited on his offerings right now, but usually has some unique varieties. Also, www.ecuagenera.com has a nice selection of Elaphoglossum and Dicranoglossum available.

Marcgravia is a fairly hardy vivarium plant, but is easy to manage. Mine grow at about 1/3 the speed of most Philodendron varieties. If no one on the board has any for sale, I should be able to pick up some more next month--so shoot me a PM.
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Subscribed! Great placement of cork/tree fern.
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You will want to check with rareferns.com for the Elaphoglossum. Charles is limited on his offerings right now, but usually has some unique varieties. Also, www.ecuagenera.com has a nice selection of Elaphoglossum and Dicranoglossum available.

Marcgravia is a fairly hardy vivarium plant, but is easy to manage. Mine grow at about 1/3 the speed of most Philodendron varieties. If no one on the board has any for sale, I should be able to pick up some more next month--so shoot me a PM.
Thanks so much. This is a huge help, I must have looked through 20 dealers last night looking for the ferns.
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I mounted my bromeliads today, and I'm not sure if they fit or not. They fit, but they are in clusters, which I'm sure the Pumilios would love, but I don't have enough experience to know if they are too crowded or not. I hope it is ok because I don't really have any other place to use these, but I don't want to kill them. It looks better in person, I really like the fullness of them together. The lighting is not what will be used permanently, I am having AAA frogs custom make an LED hood so there will be much more light and much less shadows on the lower bromeliads.
I need expert opinions and suggestions, are they ok?






Also I installed a tube for turkey-basting water out of the tank, I modified the old fake rock cover that was used in the last tank.

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How thick was the plexiglass that warped in your old tank? How exactly did it warp?
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How thick was the plexiglass that warped in your old tank? How exactly did it warp?
It was 1/4". The whole thing warped with the edges going out, it was the corner thatgave way, I'm not sure if I got a perfect weld on that corner in the first place. The front door had to be forced closed, which also added more stress on the corner.
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The tank looks nice! I must say tho that while the brom package is good, I think there may be too many different ones in there. Maybe choose 2 types and use several of each?
I always think things look better when people try not to use too many different plants in one tank.. especially not alot of different Species/varieties of the same family.


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Also cant wait to see the rest planted! Hopefully you wont choose anything that will quickly cover that beautiful rock work! Id suggest Begonias and some small aroids.


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I think those broms will be really crowded when they grow a little more and start producing pups, I have a viv where the broms were all at least six inches or more apart and now they are all touching and their pups are growing thrrough other broms leaves, but then again you can always prune them it doesn't seem to be bad if they are touching either, if you like the way it looks then leave it, you can always remove them later if you have to, hope that helps and nice rockwork
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It does look a bit garish in the photos now that I look at it, but it really looks much nicer in person, at least to me I agree that less variety would look more natural.
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I think it looks good right now... But I do agree on less variety of plants also. Also, I dig the clustered look. Either way, looks good.
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looking goog, but I think a little less broms will be better
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Looks pretty sweet so far, and nice colours for sure. I suggest moving the far left red brom closer to the other reddish cluster on the right. Keep the reds with reds, and purples with purples. It might work a bit better that way. IMO the broms are a tad on the large side also, so if you could find a few smaller ones down the road I think it will balance things much better.
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I thought that the broms would be much smaller when I ordered them. I think that the Pumilios will like all of the coverage though.
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When i logged in for the first time in a bit and see this thread with your name i was excited thinking that you were doing a new build , your original tank was beautiful and that sucks that it gave out on you. Now on the other hand stop being so damn good at the fake rocks already your making me jealous!! Subscribed and i cant wait for more, have any updated pics of the old tank before it gave out??
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Sorry no pictures of it before it died on me, but imagine a giant ball of ficus pumilio.
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So I went and did it again!!!
I went to the Neptune NJ Orchid show this past weekend and bought way too many orchids from Andy's Orchids. They were very helpful in suggesting orchids and even a really nice fern for my viv.
I put them in but might move them around, as well as the broms. The broms are not doing so well, they are having a good bit of thier lower leaves die, is this due to shock from having thier roots cut off, or from moving them?

Anyway here are the broms.

Trichosaipinx chamaelepanthes yellow


Haraella odorata


Barbosella dusenii


Masdevallia decumana


Masdevallia herradurae


Pleurothallis allenii


Asplenium Madagascar Fern







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Great pickups!
Damn, I can't believe I missed that show. Us Tri-Staters gotta stick together and inform each other about events like this

Do you know when the next one in the area will be (if any) ?
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Sorry that you missed it. I didn't realize that people didn't know about it. Everybody seems to be Andy's Orchids regulars so I figured there would be lots of froggers there. I will definitley give everyone a heads up for the next one. I'm pretty sure that they have it every year, I will look into it. There weren't a ton of visiters there, so I am surprised that Andy's came all the way out from Cal.
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Oh bummer, I missed the Orchid show. I have a empty viv to fill!!

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oh man!!!!!

forget what I said, that tank look just great and with the addition of those plants it looks way better, I can wait for the update when all those plants take over the tank!!!

Can you pls let me know where did you order all your plants, specially the orchids.


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I have put in some more plants from Josh's Frogs, great deals from there, great place to shop!! This is what I got: Dischidia nummularia, Dischidia formanosa, White Rabbit's Foot Fern, Nematanthus Black Gold, Nematanthus Inferno, Columnea California Orange,Begonia partita, Hoya panchoi, Pilea 'Red Stem Tears', Pilea 'Creeping Charlie', Peperomia "Selby"

I don't have any photos yet but will try to get some soon. I used everything but the rabbit's foot fern, couldn't find a good place with enough light to use it so I put it in a little pot next to my tank. I am trying to decide if I like the Pilea "Creeping Charlie" or not. It seems a little bland.

I also had 1/4" glass cut for my top and holes drilled for the Mistking, and made a screen vent for the front of the top. I have just given Aaron at AAAfrogs the demensions of the glass so the LED hood will hopefully be made soon.

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I also seeded this morning with 2 types of iso's and temperate and tropical springtails so I will be ready for frogs in a month or so.
I am hoping to find a breeding trio of Bastimentos in Red or Orange, Yellow, and White, so if any of you guys have any available please let me know!
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