Well went to the SD reptile show and bought a ton of stuff (bless my wife and kids that put up with me there)
anyway I bought a trio of Aurautus, so .. needed another tank (they've been in QT and a temp tank while this was under construction)
Unfortunately I didn't do many WIPs pics (I have one lol)
It's a usual GS background, used silicone and Toulene (sp) to thin it out.. painted it and dusted with peatmoss. In the back right corner I took a cork round cut in half.. and behind it is a recirculating fan system, built borrowing concepts from Grimms build, utilizing corrugated plastic board. Had some issues with the GS i put back there collapsing the structure, so it's not as perfect as I wanted but still flows good. i have 2 40mm side by side, sucking from bottom pushing to the top aimed straight ahead. there's a door on top to allow for access if they need to be replaced.
On the back left i took a 4" PVC pipe I had laying around, and that leads into the false bottom to allow access to my pump for the drip wall on the left hand side.
The drip wall I did the "shattered Mosaic" technique another member posted on here that IMO looks outstanding, I just took a cork flat, and broke it appart siliconed in place and stuffed w/ Sphag moss. below I have a divider between the substrate to create a rock bank for the drip wall to drip into w/o killing my substrate. Unfortunately its a little to thin and the random drip gets into my substrate, so I cut another section of plexi to try and prevent TOO much saturating of my substrate, which has worked pretty effectively.
My Substrate is a home made brew of things I've had laying around, pretty much emulating the ABG mix.. Charcoal, sphag, orchid bark, peat moss, coco soil, leaf mulch. it drains pretty well and is the first time I've tried a mix like this (most times I just use potting soil w/ orchid bark, but I had most the other stuff on hand from cultures and other projects) seems to be working out great it retains dampness w/o being overly wet. we'll see how it goes in the long run. however my Springs have been thriving in it as well as my isos
I seeded w/ springs, and orange and dwarf white isos. the springs have taken off, the isos are around, I just hope they've got their hiding spots as the frogs will be introduced shortly as soon as i smooth out my temp humidity issues.
I have a 18" exo hood w/ 20w CFL's that light it up great, but w/ this heat wave and here in so cal, it's been staying pretty consistent at 84 during the day. I'm going to raise the light w/ some PVC hangers, (saw the idea from another member on here and looks great) I currently have plexi sheets over the screening on the top but my humidity still sits around 50-60%. I'm going to silicone it completely and see how it does at that point. I'm wondering if my two fans are circulating too much? I have my mistking running 20 seconds 3 times a day, but I can't really change it as the system feeds 4 other tanks as well. Maybe some hand misting to supplement, however I have a 40B vert that I don't have humidity issues with.
so hopefully in a day or so i'll be able to relocate my Green/bronze Aurautus breeding trio to this and hopefully get some eggs (they haven't been laying since I've brought them home, however the previous owner said he was getting a consistent supply of eggs. I dunno.. maybe they just don't like me lol. )
anyway.. here's 3 pics. as a reward for reading.
Full tank shot:
Thoughts, comments, suggestion, welcomed.
If anyone would recommend some jewel orchids (and placement) I'm really interested in trying my hand at some orchids, especially since I've got some good airflow.