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Old 08-10-2019, 06:12 PM
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I have decided to take down my previously posted 29 gallon.

This was mainly due to my realization of how uncomfortable and it actually was to get my hands in it for maintenance, adding things, readjusting things, etc.. I then realized how having frogs in there as well would make it even worse. This should have been realized from the start however, I figured it wouldn’t be that bad.. well, I got fed up..

Soooooo... I completely deconstructed my 29 gallon.

With all the items that were used within the 29 gallon as well as some unused materials that I had laying around from previous projects I had the realization that I have enough stuff to get a decent start on my 36x18x36 Exo.









As you can see I only had enough to hardscape and plant roughly 2/3 of the tank. Lighting is a bit dim at the bottom as well however, most of the plants are low/medium light with some medium/bright closer to the top.. so it shouldn’t be too big of deal for the meantime.

It is currently seeded with dwarf purple and dwarf white iso’s and some springs as well.

That said; I now have some extra space and something to keep me busy for a while.


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Old 08-10-2019, 06:16 PM
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Looks nice. Where did you get the tree fern panels?


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Old 08-10-2019, 06:24 PM
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The panels are either from glass box or josh’s frogs. I got a bunch from both a while ago and still have enough for a background on a smaller tank just sitting.


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Old 08-10-2019, 08:17 PM
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I have decided to take down my previously posted 29 gallon.

This was mainly due to my realization of how uncomfortable and it actually was to get my hands in it for maintenance, adding things, readjusting things, etc.. I then realized how having frogs in there as well would make it even worse. This should have been realized from the start however, I figured it wouldn’t be that bad.. well, I got fed up..
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That's an impressive number of tree fern panels!

I like the network of driftwood, and the placement of plants. Please keep us updated on this. I would love to see how things grow on a tree fern wall.
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That's an impressive number of tree fern panels!



I like the network of driftwood, and the placement of plants. Please keep us updated on this. I would love to see how things grow on a tree fern wall.


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In my experience, so long as you meet plant requirements for light, water and, drying (proper placement); epiphytes root really well into the panels. Trailing Peperomia, Microgramma, Marcgravia, orchids and broms, etc.. do really well on it.

By itself, if you keep the panels wet and in decent light you will also get ferns that pop out here and there, sometimes some moss as well.

I have made various foam with silicone and peat backgrounds, used the titebond method once, cork as well. Tree fern is my favorite background media.. it’s not much to look at but, plants love it.


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I have made various foam with silicone and peat backgrounds, used the titebond method once, cork as well. Tree fern is my favorite background media.. it’s not much to look at but, plants love it.
I don't know if I agree about being "not much to look at"! I actually rather like the look of it, or else I would go with "moss-netting" method or cork mosaic method which are, I believe, less expensive.

To me, the only thing that doesn't really look nice about a tree fern panel background is the seams between panels. But it's possible to take care of that with planning and time.

Good luck with the setup! It's already off to a fine start.
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:58 PM
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Sooo, I recently received some Philo’s and some more Vrisea. The Vrisea I received ended up being much larger in diameter than I expected and, received two mothers with multiple pups making them even larger. Don’t get me wrong though I am quite happy with them.

Due to their size I did end up having to reorganize almost everything.

Hoping the Philo’s really take off and cover the upper reaches of the background. Assuming light and water is sufficient they should do just so with ease. I am however concerned about my squamiferum (big leaf in the bottom right) not receiving enough light. Sooo am pretty much at the point of needing a new light that is better suited for this tank next. I have been checking out spectral designs and think I found the one I want and might need.

I also still need to mount a couple of my tiny Nero’s and still have one of my smaller Vrisea to mount as well.. just getting kinda tight on space on the sticks.

This probably won’t be the last configuration but here is how it looks now..

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Wow that is a garbage picture, was there an update or something that changed the quality of pics we attach?


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This is kinda frustrating.

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Not sure what it is. I just use Imgur.

I don't like the idea of an image-sharing site, personally --- if it goes down or pastes a word across the photo, it's a problem --- but the DB attachment system always turns my photos sideways, and apparently for other people changes the quality.
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Yeah, it makes my pictures look terrible too. The tank looks amazing though
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I use Tapatalk on my phone so I can just take a picture, and have always attached/inserted the image through the app itself. No need for another site to host my images at that point. Will see if I can just email the pic to my email and load it from my computer. Frustrating..


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Woke up yesterday morning to an unpleasant, smelly surprise.

While initially thinking ventilation of the enclosure was borderline too much as the majority of the walls and branches would dry relatively quick, much quicker than previous builds. It turns out this may have been wrong...

Anyway, I opened the tank yesterday morning to do my weekly checkup on root growth, moss growth, if any new buds were forming.. upon opening the doors the most horrendous smell came out.. if I had to describe it, a mix of cow manure and stagnant water. I had also noticed my big erythrodactylon mother was no longer holding itself upright.. that is when I knew.. ROT! Upon gently grabbing it completely fell apart into multiple pieces. I quickly then checked the rest of them and the other mother did the same. Luckily both mothers had multiple pups that seem to still be strong and healthy.

That being said, I completely removed all of my plants.. all of the branches.. gave everything a thorough rinsing/washing.. and had to start over.. while this is a huge set back I am thankful this happened sooner than later and right before a weekend that I have nothing scheduled. Lol..

Sooo, I have now moved all branches except two smaller ones to the upper 2/3 of the enclosure so they are closer to the light and closer to the vents at the top.

Initially I had cut into the the tree fern panels to make points/divots that the branches could rest in without falling, once in place, applied some titebond 3 to the points of contact between the branches and tree fern panels.

While waiting for the titebond to set, I started making a slurry out of peat, larger pieces of perlite, titebond 3 and, water. Mixing, adding water/titebond until the ratio seemed correct.

This was then added around the points of contact for additional support amd used the left overs to fill in some gaps between panels and were excess silicone was visible. It KINDA gives a more natural appearance vs sticks just wedged and glued into place.

Once the slurry fully dries/sets the next step will be to either apply some drylock or stucco patch on top of that to give it more of a solid rock look.. not entirely certain if I want to go that route yet though and may end up leaving as is.

While it was a huge downer initially, as mentioned I’m happy it happened sooner than later. Plus I think I prefer this hardscaping layout over the previous and the method I used allowed me to create more variance in the background instead of just the flat panels.




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While you've had your share of frustration on the way, I prefer where this is going now.

Current layout gives the impression of exposed tree roots and feels a little more natural.
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Definitely like the new hardscape more. Great work!
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better branch setup
will look good once planted up
keep the up dates coming with photos
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