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Old 04-07-2019, 02:53 AM
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Just posted a New Vlog on our YouTube Channel!
We unbox some of the supplies we received from Acadian Supply. They provide sustainable fernwood, sphagnum moss, orchid bark from New Zealand!

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Started applying the Fernwood Panels from our supplier and sponsor Acadian Supply, LLC, These are created using only sustainable methods by the company http://www.fernnwoodnz.com
We are getting very close to adding "OUR" ABG Mix, running the streams and waterfalls, heaters and ventilation, flora and fauna!!! SO EXCITING!!!
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Milestone!!! Just tested the Waterfall and the Stream! Both of these pour into a river/shoreline paludarium. I can admit NOW something stupid I did that I do not recommend and I will never do again:
I built the waterfall and stream, sealed it, plumbed it, attached everything even some hardscape WITHOUT testing it first! I am thrilled to say, it works as expected with no leaks. I did pour a cup of water in it when I was carving it, but that was risky.
I have learned my lesson, even though it worked like expected, but the fear the night before snapped me into the realization to LIMIT RISK if there is no need for it. I believe IN risk, but it isn't always necessary.

Here is the video of the test...

https://www.facebook.com/therainfore..._user_activity

Also, here is a picture of the faux ruins and rocks that were installed into the River/Shorline Paludarium portion.
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Very nice work on the reliefs. I have always had trouble working with foam to make complicated setups.
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I started to speed up my forward motion to get The Rainforest Exhibit built sooner than later! So I mixed up my sustainable ABG MIX made with New Zealand products from Acadian Supply LLC, FernwoodNZ, BesGrow, Qrchiata.
Also added Springtails from Josh's Frogs.

After I fixed some egress issues, I started to attach some of my bromeliads from www.bromeliad.com to the Driftwood provided by Etsy Store, www.etsy.com/LifeIsBeautifullUniq
Many of these stores/companies provided their products for our exhibit, and we are tremendously thankful!

Here are some pics of The Rainforest Exhibit as of 4/26/2019...
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There’s a lot of moss on those mounts.
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There’s a lot of moss on those mounts.
Yes...I know.

Been working on this with the doors removed, so the humidity was very low.

When I finish what I am doing, I am removing most of it.

Thanks for your input
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I am definitely happy to watch your display establish and grow in.
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I am definitely happy to watch your display establish and grow in.
Thank you!!!
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Just received some cool news today...
www.tropica.com just confirmed that they will start shipping out all of the aquatic plants that they are giving us for The Rainforest Exhibit!
We had discussed how we want to use their moss on the driftwood, fax ruins, rock/mudwalls, etc. so they are sending us enough to use it in and out of the water!

They are also sending us many aquatic plants for the aquarium section of our paludarium (I hope what I wrote makes sense).

I will post pics as soon as all the plants arrive!
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