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Old 11-07-2019, 03:11 AM
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Just cataloguing my new build. First one I've done in 15 years, first bioactive build I've ever done. So, here's my box of ghost wood right after I got it, very excited. When I used to keep dart frogs in my early 20's, i couldn't afford ghostwood, so this is real nice for me.
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Originally I wanted to keep and breed frogs exclusively in plastic tubs and set up a rack system. Simple setups, sphagnum changed often and pothos. But then petco had their dollar per gallon sale, and here we are. Many hundreds of dollars already deep. Here is the tank with most of my supplies. Home depot when possible, substrate kit from NEHERP, random items from Josh's frogs. Still have stuff I plan on getting from Black Jungle too.
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Drilled my first glass tank ever, used a 1/4" mistking bulkhead for overflow from the misting system. Used a cordless drill and a Milwaukee 5/8" diamond plus hole saw. Took longer to get through the glass than I thought it would, but did not crack it either way. Didn't feel like I needed to use anything bigger just for overflow purpose. Also plan on building in a siphoning tube for complete water changes.
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Laid down a thin layer of silicone before I start spraying expandable foam for the background. Spreading silicone evenly and thin is not easy.
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Where did you get the driftwood?
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Just cataloguing my new build. First one I've done in 15 years, first bioactive build I've ever done. So, here's my box of ghost wood right after I got it, very excited. When I used to keep dart frogs in my early 20's, i couldn't afford ghostwood, so this is real nice for me.
It's really nice to be able to take some liberties on a build and be able to get the items you want and be able to actually afford to do a build your way. Last Christmas I used part of my bonus to build my Paludarium. I had a ball and I bought exactly what I wanted except I got the tank used. It does feel nice! Looking forward to watching your build take shape!
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Where did you get the driftwood?
https://www.bloomsandbranches.com/se...arch=Ghostwood
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It's really nice to be able to take some liberties on a build and be able to get the items you want and be able to actually afford to do a build your way. Last Christmas I used part of my bonus to build my Paludarium. I had a ball and I bought exactly what I wanted except I got the tank used. It does feel nice! Looking forward to watching your build take shape!
It is nice to do it my way. Funny thing is, I actually scrapped this tank and sold it. Realized the top opening 40B wasnt going to work with the rack I ended up getting after. Ended up buying a used 40 breeder front opening exo-terra........and 2 18x18's and an 18x24. Only bought so many because I got then all doet cheap lol. Will update again once I start working on the 36x18 exo. Right now I'm building out the two 18x18's.
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I put the nut of the 1/4" bulkhead on the outside of the glass. That way if it comes loose I can tighten it. I also use two nuts (yes, I buy two bulkheads and throw one away but the nut) on the bulkhead to get it just over finger tight. Crappy plastic threads.
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