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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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Old 04-23-2019, 01:03 PM
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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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Old 04-26-2019, 07:22 AM
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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.
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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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ALMOST DONE!!!

Just added fish...
Serpae Tetra x 3
Rosy Tetra x 3
Albino Cory Catfish x 1

Frogs coming SOON!!!!
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Quick Video overview, more detailed shots to come...

https://www.facebook.com/therainfore...dmin_todo_tour
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This project is so damn awesome! Looks amazing so far man.
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Here are a few more pictures of The Rainforest Exhibit!

On the 5th picture, if you look closely, you will see a Faux Ancient Artifact Jewel and Jade Skull! This can ONLY be seen if you are standing in a certain spot and ONLY through a mirror that is installed in The Rainforest Exhibit!
It cannot be seen UNLESS looking through the mirror! Just some fun (hidden objects, hidden meaning artwork, etc.) that I like to add to all my vivariums, artwork, etc.

We have a lot more pics and videos coming your way...
I need all my friends to help spread the word about our YouTube Vlog, subscribe, and hit the Bell icon when you're there!

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Our Vlog Channel...
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This is a very attractive enclosure. I'm happy that so many things worked well, when such a huge build required such attention to detail.
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This is a very attractive enclosure. I'm happy that so many things worked well, when such a huge build required such attention to detail.
Thank you!

It has not been without mishaps and issues...I would be lying if I gave that impression.

A couple of fish have died. I am working on that issue.

I have had a waterfall leak, which I have fixed.

Lighting is an issue, but I have taken on a new sponsor, Current LED...so that is being addressed.

I have not added any frogs yet, which I am sure will add some issues that I have not considered.

The YouTube Channel is growing slower than I considered, but that will change shortly thanks to some networking.

Other than these, it has gone as planned, which has been very satisfying!

I really appreciate your feedback, Kinstrome!!!
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By the way, I when I was looking at your photographs the other day, I couldn't find the items you mentioned in the 5th picture, but I did see what looked like a "jade skull" --- a very prettily adorned skull of perhaps a rodent --- in the 4th picture. Is that the picture you were referring to? I think I see some sort of jewel somewhere in that photo as well. I could be mistaken, though.
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By the way, I when I was looking at your photographs the other day, I couldn't find the items you mentioned in the 5th picture, but I did see what looked like a "jade skull" --- a very prettily adorned skull of perhaps a rodent --- in the 4th picture. Is that the picture you were referring to? I think I see some sort of jewel somewhere in that photo as well. I could be mistaken, though.
I am so sorry! i answered this the other day and just realized I didn't Upload the pic...my apologies for making you wait.

Maybe this helps to find it. I will post pics of the head when i painted it, as soon as I find them. Things are a bit chaotic right now.
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By the way, I when I was looking at your photographs the other day, I couldn't find the items you mentioned in the 5th picture, but I did see what looked like a "jade skull" --- a very prettily adorned skull of perhaps a rodent --- in the 4th picture. Is that the picture you were referring to? I think I see some sort of jewel somewhere in that photo as well. I could be mistaken, though.
I don't think my response is showing up...weird.

Anyway, here is the skull I painted. The actual skull was a modified DIY Toy Skull called "NumSkull" by Albright.
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I have to admit, I had some doubts when I first saw this. "How does a vivarium get sponsorships, exactly?" But it has certainly come to look good. As someone working on a ~330 gallon terrarium and encountering all of the problems (which don't even involve animals, because there are none), I am really able to appreciate someone working on a 750 gallon terrarium --- more than twice the size --- that has to sustain plants, fish, and frogs all at once. That is rare commitment.
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I have to admit, I had some doubts when I first saw this. "How does a vivarium get sponsorships, exactly?" But it has certainly come to look good. As someone working on a ~330 gallon terrarium and encountering all of the problems (which don't even involve animals, because there are none), I am really able to appreciate someone working on a 750 gallon terrarium --- more than twice the size --- that has to sustain plants, fish, and frogs all at once. That is rare commitment.
Thanks for the response,
I have to admit, if it weren't for my Custom Sneaker work, I probably wouldn't have received much of anything. I've done a lot of work for celebrities, so this kind of opened the door to this.

Plus I have had experience building zoo exhibits, in fact my first zoo exhibit designer boss and friend, Scott C., is still building exhibits all over the world.
Even as a kid, I volunteered at zoos, museums, I even worked at a pet shop for FREE! When I was 14 or so, helped the owner build a Toucan enclosure, I kept my boa in his window for show.

One more thing, all big companies are run by people, and most people no matter how rich, famous, established, etc., like cool things and have the same excitement that we have when it comes to animals, themed enclosures, interesting projects, etc. So the sponsors, which none told me to say good things about their stuff, just that I would show their URL's. However, I made it clear at the beginning that every company I contacted was a company that I am a fan of! So I would have said nice things even if they gave me to way to the door. In fact if you watch one Vlog, I give a shoutout to Josh's Frogs. They said they "had to pass" on this project.
I LOVE Josh's Frogs and I still bought stuff after they told me no. Well, you get the point.
Here it is:
https://youtu.be/nAe3pdj2XSU

So, I am getting the frogs soon (from Instagram's FrogDaddy, I will make a vlog about him and his place), I hope you Subscribe to the Vlog, no pressure!

The size of this thing...yes, it was a bit daunting, especially since I have not built things like this since the late 90s/early 2000. But like anything, you break it down to smaller projects or tasks, then piece it together little by little.

Thank you, Kinstrome, for your responses, I really appreciate it!
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I have to admit, I had some doubts when I first saw this. "How does a vivarium get sponsorships, exactly?" But it has certainly come to look good. As someone working on a ~330 gallon terrarium and encountering all of the problems (which don't even involve animals, because there are none), I am really able to appreciate someone working on a 750 gallon terrarium --- more than twice the size --- that has to sustain plants, fish, and frogs all at once. That is rare commitment.
Ooops, forgot this,

a 330 gallon enclosure is massive! So you know exactly what the deal is!
I will go check out your posts on this. !!!
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about time you got us an update! Been looking forward to it and holding out for the build vlogs, testing my patience LOL.

In terms of that control panel, I have always had the wish of doing similar however I always find myself running out of room for it, or it's way too accessible for our cats. What UI are you going to use on the tablet?
Haha! Sorry about my delayed responses. I have been very busy painting sneakers and it has kept me from doing much else.

I had a "guy" building me a User Interface, but that fell through.

Still looking for someone trustworthy to build me one. If you know anyone, send them my way, please.
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