Next up, my 29gallon that has been occupying my free time.
I got the tank at petco and decided I wanted an unobstructed viewing area, so I derimmed it. I like the resulting look. My goal for this tank was to make more surface area on the background. I really like the exposed tree roots that give a cave type of feel. I made the background with black pond foam, but decided to try white silicone for the coco fiber adhesive. Really. Stupid. Idea. I thought it would let me see the spots I missed complete coverage with the eco- earth. Boy did it ever. I ended up peeling almost all of the silicone off and reshaping the background a little.
While re-evaluating my progress, I couldn't stand the roots just coming out of the background, so I fashioned a tree trunk using baked cottonwood bark and more expanding foam. The results were much more to my liking.
I had used a screen vent on the 55 gallon I made, and I disliked how it obstructed the view of the tank. This time, I got a diamond hole saw about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and using a cordless drill, drilled a hole in the top of the tank, to mount a Cpu fan (not yet mounted) .
Big thanks to Pumilo for this thread http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/parts-
Next, I wanted a water feature, but after reading about the difficulties with them, decided to go with a small stagnant pool instead. I had some sweet river rock that helped this turn out really well.
I'm sort of a figure it out as I go kind of guy, and midwaythrough decided I wanted the tank to look like a tree with its roots descending into a mountain stream. Based on some picture research from mountainous areas of central America, I feel like I captured at least some of that feel. You are welcome to disagree with that and offer constructive criticism, in fact, I would greatly appreciate help from the great minds on this forum, just to add the finishing touches. It needs more plants, especially a ficus or 2 on the bg., and a ton more moss growth.
Here are the pics so far. Again, taken with my wifes iphone. I need to get my dad to come over with his Nikon dslr
Btw, my plan was to house some bassleri or pepperi in here, but now I'm afraid there's not enough terrestrial space.
A shot of the tree without the lianas
With the lianas wrapping thetree. Not done with their placement.
close up of pond area. Added bonus=easy siphoning.
Lastly, an almost full tank shot inside the tank. My plan is to insert a nice brom into the small branch sticking out of the tree : it already is drilled for that purpose.
Thanks again for looking!