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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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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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Looks good!

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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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Looking good.
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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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