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Old 05-22-2014, 06:28 AM
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Default 160gal Drop-off Paludarium (slow build)

hey guys. thought i'd tell you about my upcoming build. it'll be a 180 degree 160gal drop-off paludarium.
going to try and incorporate a waterfall in this one. complete with upper land portion that'll have a big piece of drift jutting out like a "horn"

next week will probably be getting the acrylic.

here's the exact waterfall i will be attempting to do.



(crosses fingers) here's hoping i'll do a good job on it.

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Old 05-22-2014, 04:23 PM
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You need bonsai for this project, IMO.
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:35 PM
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Bonsai trees in a high humidity tank? U sure about that?

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Old 05-22-2014, 06:40 PM
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You need bonsai for this project, IMO.
Ficus might work.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:04 PM
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No, they are not good. But from your sketch they seemed to me just small trees the ones you've drawn. For size, however, bonsai trees would be perfect. Maybe there are bonsai (ficus?) that are fine in a rainforest viv.
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Old 05-22-2014, 07:19 PM
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hmmmm maybe i can find one from home depot or rona or something. there's a few plant shops here in the city that i can check with.
plant selection is limited here in my city :\ so i have to get them shipped in .

i'll keep you guys posted.
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Old 05-23-2014, 06:44 PM
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so GREAT NEWS, not only am i going to get my acrylic next week but they are using a CNC machine to cut it all out, especially that L shaped cut too which will give me a seamless piece instead of gluing 2 panes together. doing it on the CNC that way will also let me have a better surface area to glue it.

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Old 05-25-2014, 04:13 AM
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so guys what do you think? should i put in a Black Bat Flower? hahaha
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:24 AM
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my question is, what game was this screen shot from? lol
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:26 AM
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It might work, but they seen to like a dormant period. This may be tough unless you're going to put the whole tank into a dormant period. Otherwise they can be grown like orchids.
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:27 AM
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I.......................I drew it up myself! (shifty eyes)

lol

its actually from Guild Wars in a place called "Riven Earth" so if you wanna google it, just go with "Riven Earth waterfall guild wars" something along that line

EDIT: I actually tried contacting Guild Wars crew to see if i can get some drawings of the 4 heads of the waterfall. so far no reply back.

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I.......................I drew it up myself! (shifty eyes)

lol

its actually from Guild Wars in a place called "Riven Earth" so if you wanna google it, just go with "Riven Earth waterfall guild wars" something along that line

EDIT: I actually tried contacting Guild Wars crew to see if i can get some drawings of the 4 heads of the waterfall. so far no reply back.
LOL. awesome. I tried the game once before in the past, it wasnt enough to make me spend 60 on my own copy however. Was fun... probably a lot better now that I have a comp that could play at full graphics
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:59 AM
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Small update:

i needed to mock up the plywood with the acrylic. to measure the 2x4 frame. so in the midst of doing this i took 3 pics of what its sorta gonna look like.
i'm still waiting on 3 more acrylic pieces to be cut then i can start assembly.

here's the pics







I had to actually get up ontop of my couch and take these pics. sorry i didnt have a banana for scale :P
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Just wondering, why have the cutout? Are you putting something there like a shelf?
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Old 06-09-2014, 04:17 AM
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Just wondering, why have the cutout? Are you putting something there like a shelf?
whatcha mean by the cut out?
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Default Re: 160gal Drop-off Paludarium (slow build)

I know you said it a drop off tank, but why have the short side. How is this tank sitting. Is it a room divider.

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Small update:

i needed to mock up the plywood with the acrylic. to measure the 2x4 frame. so in the midst of doing this i took 3 pics of what its sorta gonna look like.
i'm still waiting on 3 more acrylic pieces to be cut then i can start assembly.

here's the pics







I had to actually get up ontop of my couch and take these pics. sorry i didnt have a banana for scale :P
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the mock up was just layed on the floor and then all the boards placed upright. the upper right portion will be the land portion while the left vertical portion will be the waterfall and pond.

the big space to the right will be housing the sump, along with a shelf maybe. still unsure.
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Yes it does. Thanks
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UPDATE:

sooooo i started to work on the stands. these stands are based off of an aquarium design and hold ALOT of weight. i COULD add in more support but it would just be overkill.
No glue involved, the whole assembly will be held by screws, glue isnt going to hold up your tank.

the First screw! (giggity)


first base done, i had to cut it down a lil more it was just a lil too long.


second base done


testing out the tiers of the bases. everything looks to be good to go.


here i got a lil worried bout the squareness of the build, so i threw the biggest piece of acrylic on there to test its squareness. BAM its all good!




the bases are done, to add support for the tanks, support beams were placed on the inside of the 2x4's per say, made flush. this is where all the weight will be put onto and not just the screws.


again, checking for squareness and everything seems to line up!



thats it for now! i was wanting to work on it today but i have my mom's bday today and will be out of town! maybe i'll work on it tonight after i get back in.

next up will be attaching the two bases together some how, and then attaching the plywood to the bases. as well as the big piece of plywood backing to the bases.

see you soon peeps!
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another small update:

had to mock up the whole thing again to make sure everything is square. one piece of plywood was cut smaller than expected, dunno what happen there but i think i can get another piece cut, we'll see.

i mocked up more pieces of acrylic to show you all how its all going to play out. so here's some pics











all thats left to do now is screw all the boards in place, and then start welding the acrylic.

Any Q's? hehe
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:21 PM
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not bad this is identical to mine + 10 gallons. Though I used glass, did you say whats going in here?
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:56 PM
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yup! and i'm not sure just yet. fish for sure for the aquarium portion. what i can put up on the land portion i dunno. it'll be kinda tough to put frogs in there just cuz of the water aspect of things.

i'm open to ideas.
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Did you put some sort of foam mat under the tank? Also how thick is the acrylic? The weight of the water could cause a stress fracture.
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not yet. i may not need to. i'll have to talk to my buddies that own aquariums and see.
its 3/8" thick acrylic, but the height of the water will only be 15" tall so given that, it's going to only be 30gal of water in there. so i think i should be ok.
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not yet. i may not need to. i'll have to talk to my buddies that own aquariums and see.
its 3/8" thick acrylic, but the height of the water will only be 15" tall so given that, it's going to only be 30gal of water in there. so i think i should be ok.
thats still 240'ish lbs of water, I've built many aquariums so you many need to put foam under both bottoms.oh......we need an update
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