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Old 05-21-2007, 12:19 AM
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Default 40 Hex Construction Journal - Update 6/12/07 Finished!

Here is the beginnings to my first construction journal. This will be for a pair of bastis.

Here is what I started with at around 10am


Here is what I had after two cans of great stuff and two 22" round coco liners later, at around 3:40 (Had to make a trip to Lowes and Home depot for fence stuff)


Any guesses how I got complete coco coverage w/o using my silicone? It was VERY easy

Here is what is going to be my leaf litter....sort of.... :roll:


Remind me and I'll update sometime Friday or Saturday
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Great stuff is not holding the coco liners to the back ground? Did you peg it? And if it is pegged what material was used? Always keep in mind what is put in the tank that may rust or errode. Is there any space between the GS and coco liners where a frog may want to climb under. It's no too late to silicone and coco peat the background and shred some coco liners and adhere it with the peat.
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Lol, no I wouldn't put anything that would corrode in my tanks. I just said I didn't use silicone. If you wait just right, the great stuff is most tacky a few minutes after spraying and has foamed up almost half way (in my weather anyway). You can cover almost all of it with cut up coco liners. If you wait too long some doesn't stick, so I accounted for that and went back over today with silicone and coco to cover up any tiny spots between pieces that I had missed and a little piece that hadn't stuck well (I didn't expect that one too anyway, I accidentally sprayed it before I put coco on). Trust me, laying some foam and adding the liner pieces is WAY better than applying a crapload of silicone and having to dry out coco fiber to stick on. It keeps the amount of bio-seal in your tank low as well. Also, it sticks incredibly well to the great stuff (better than silicone in my opinion) therefore eliminating any spaces behind the liner.
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Here is what I got done Today:
Installed false bottom w/ non-biodegradable styrofoam packing peanuts, made and installed a pipe to drain off excess water when I move out, and I added a thin layer of coco bedding with a thick layer of orchid moss on top to build some landscape. I also stuck my wood in there where it will go. The wood is 18" tall to give you some perspective.

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Fin!

Full Tank Shot


Right Side


Left Side


Leaf Litter Close-Up


Hoya sp. Close-up.
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Bottom Left corner


Bottom Right Corner


Brom Close-up


Aeschnanthus sp. close-up


Ampullacea(?) close-up


Plant list:
Broms-
Neo. ampullacea
Neo. 'Guinea'
Neo. ? (Either Catherine Wilson X Fireball or a Green Apple X Fireball. Need your confirmation on these idents antone.)
Neo. Home depot hybrid. the red one in the right corner.

Others-
Hoya sp. (Home Depot, far left side)
Hoya curtisii
Aeschnanthus sp. (Home Depot, longicaulis?)
Fittonia red and white
Pep. sp. (Home depot as well, and ident?)
Philodendron 'Micans' (Home depot, of course :roll: )
Dischidia sp. 'Geri'
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Very nice indeed and intriging. have you used this method before in other
viv's? If so how long ago and hows it holding up?
I may have to swipe this trick.
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With the coco panels? No I haven't, but I have used cypress bark before on sticky GS and the stuff you get to stick at first sticks come hell or high water! i would imagine this will hold up even better b/c of the increased surface area and latex that holds the coco panels together, and with some more experience I knew when the GS would be at its stickiest while still being able to fluff and cure.
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so you ripped up the liner into smaller pieces i take it?
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Basically yeah. They are so big and round, I tried to take the biggest piece possible to cover each back panel. I ripped what was left over into smaller pieces to patch the open spots left.
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