I've finished moving (with the 70g viv no less, but all the plants died in the cold truck), and settled in our new place in Ohio. Moving gave me access to all my old vivarium construction stuff that had been in storage for the last year, so with not much else to do, I pulled out my old 30g hex tank that I'd gotten frustrated with and given up on, and finished it up in a record time (for me) in the last 3 days. At this point all I'm missing is plants and a better light! (and maybe a canopy and misting system if I get ambitious)
So here's some pictures:
This is basically how I left it before I went to CA - pretty bare, with a false bottom and grandiose plans for drilling, waterfalls, and ponds:
This is it today. I ditched the waterfall/pond idea, took out the false bottom and just did hydroton and "Jungle Mix" dirt, with a cocofiber plant basket liner to separate the two a little. The corkbark curls were in storage too, along with the grape vines. There's a peat plant pot behind the cork curl on the left.
Here's another image, with a quarter for scale:
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y136/R ... _scale.jpg
So now to save up for plants and figure out a better lighting solution (are those PC tops designed for the Exo-Terra's pretty good? The local pet store has some, and they look short enough to fit on top of the tank, until I get a canopy built). This will be just plants for the time being, as our current apartment doesn't allow hardly anything but cats, dogs, and birds, and we're too far out in the sticks for much else anyways.