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Old 11-12-2010, 09:43 PM
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Mossy Frogs!


Gorgeous Tank, I wish I had the space!
Very Inspirational work with the pink foamboard, I must get to work on my piles!
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:07 AM
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Very professional looking, glad to see people getting ambitious!
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:24 AM
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Darts would go well in it, but I know that some vietnamese mossy frogs would absolutely love that tank, and look absolutely great in it.

Your roots are amazing. I could never get styrofoam to do what you have done, but I hope it will come someday.

Great job.

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I do really love this tank.

If you're ever thinking of ways to make it stand out even more, a fake rain system would look fantastic. Imagine the drops bouncing off the water.
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Plants are slowly starting to establish themselves. Thought I'd post a quick update of some new additions.

Nepenthes ventricosa. I wrapped it in some moss and mounted it on the suspended "branch". I hand mist it with distilled water every day and it seems pretty happy there. Some of the leaves are getting red blotches on them but, according to the Black Jungle care sheet, this is a just a cosmetic response to bright light and isn't detrimental to the plant.


Anubias nana sp. "broad leaf". I like the look of this plant.


I've also added a bunch of bolbitis, xmas moss and a few other plants, but they're all still looking a bit ratty so I'll post some updates once they've settled in a bit better.

But, IMHO, the most exciting new additions are....


A school of 5 Toxotes microlepis! These guys are freshwater archerfish that have been raised their entire lives in fresh water. Took me a while to track some down and a 6 hour road trip to get them, but it was well worth it. They really look great in the tank. Can't wait for them to settle down so I can start training them to spit
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Oh very cool. Gotta try and get some video of these guys shooting down prey!
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Those fish are great!
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My fish were all out in full force this morning so I snapped a couple of updated pics. Please pardon the dirty glass.

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Beautiful!! Great job
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Old 12-11-2010, 11:41 PM
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Thank you for the update, this thing rivals and even surpasses many zoo displays!

Ive really really really gotta try this method. The tree I started carving didnt turn out so well, but at least I have that experience for the next time I try it.
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This tank is really looking great now that its starting to green up. Any chance of posting some larger pics?
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Those roots are AMAZING I really need to try that method!
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Awesome... makes me want to set my old brackish setup again. We'd love to see a vid once you get the archers shooting!
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wow deeb your paludarium is looking great!

congrats on your freshwater archer fish find, what is the tallest green plant on the right corner emersed from the water?
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This tank is really looking great now that its starting to green up. Any chance of posting some larger pics?
Sure thing. Do you just mean a larger version of the pic I just posted?

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... what is the tallest green plant on the right corner emersed from the water?
That's an Anubias hastifolia. It's a real beast of an anubias. The current leaves look a little cramped in that spot but I'm hoping the new leaves will fill in with more appropriate proportions. Here's a better pic of the same plant from hydrophyte (who I bought the plant from).


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Wow! wonderfully done
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Sure thing. Do you just mean a larger version of the pic I just posted?
Yeah a larger picture...More pictures...All pictures!
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This is a sick tank! Some of the best viv building I have seen on here, I really like all your plant and fish choices they look great!
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:52 AM
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as soon as theres archer fish - the tank gets my seal of approval haha very awesome
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Great setup!! If you are going with the mangrove theme consider some tree monitors-black, green or blues would love that setup and would really set off the land area nicely.

Alternates would be emerald tree skinks, Indonesian velvet geckos, or tree dragons or a combination of all three.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:29 PM
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Yeah a larger picture...More pictures...All pictures!
And then more pictures after that!
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Great setup!! If you are going with the mangrove theme consider some tree monitors-black, green or blues would love that setup and would really set off the land area nicely.

Alternates would be emerald tree skinks, Indonesian velvet geckos, or tree dragons or a combination of all three.
I'm not really familiar with those species but wouldn't most of them get too large for the tank? One thing to consider is that there aren't too many horizontal surfaces for an animal to rest on, and many of the vertical surfaces have water running down them, which I imagine may not be pleasant to all inhabitants. Don't reptiles also generally need some sort of UV supplementation? At this point, I'm hoping to just let the plants grow in really well before considering inhabitants for the land area.

Here are some slightly larger photos to satisfy the photo hungry crowd. I can email the full-sized 6MB pictures if someone else would like to host them.





I'm hoping to add a few more plants in the coming weeks so I'll post some more updates after that.
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I'm not really familiar with those species but wouldn't most of them get too large for the tank? One thing to consider is that there aren't too many horizontal surfaces for an animal to rest on, and many of the vertical surfaces have water running down them, which I imagine may not be pleasant to all inhabitants. Don't reptiles also generally need some sort of UV supplementation? At this point, I'm hoping to just let the plants grow in really well before considering inhabitants for the land area.

Here are some slightly larger photos to satisfy the photo hungry crowd. I can email the full-sized 6MB pictures if someone else would like to host them.





I'm hoping to add a few more plants in the coming weeks so I'll post some more updates after that.
You are corrent in that unless you have at least a couple of perchs that remain dry on a regular basis, fungal infections will be a constant problem for any reptile inhabitants. In regards to UV with proper supplementation most species will do just fine without it, although an argument can be made that the most natural behavior patterns and the most vibrant colors will only be displayed under full UVA/UVB lighting.
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Looks very very nice! More pics are needed for sure
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I think it would be cool to have some sort of small water snake in there.
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I think it would be cool to have some sort of small water snake in there.
The challenge is that most water snakes are fish eaters don't think the archer fish would appreciate that
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Haha yeah thats true. Idk if there ate any type of real small snake cuz I'm sure any snake that would grow to be over 3ft would probably eat just about anything haha
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Wow, very impressive.
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Deeb, did you end up nixing the Nepenthes idea?
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Deeb, did you end up nixing the Nepenthes idea?
It's up in the middle left of the tank on the branch.
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If you didnt have the fish already, tentacled snakes would be cool in that set up. I dont know why i didnt think of them before now. As for arboreal animals, maybe some mossy frogs if the temps arnt too high.

Oh, and thanks for the extra pictures!
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If they didn't get so big I'd say a caecilian. They are awesome little aquatic amphibians that are normally seen in zoos. Im pretty sure they're native to some parts of the US like florida and in South America but I could be mistaken.....
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If they didn't get so big I'd say a caecilian. They are awesome little aquatic amphibians that are normally seen in zoos. Im pretty sure they're native to some parts of the US like florida and in South America but I could be mistaken.....
I think the aquatic caecilians are from the northern parts of SA.
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Oh very cool. Gotta try and get some video of these guys shooting down prey!
I'm here to please. I managed to take some videos of my archers shooting at pellets. Hope you guys enjoy the entertainment

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Very nice! Was it hard to train them or did they figure it out quick?
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Not hard at all. I guess it's their natural instinct to do so. My wife actually noticed one of them randomly spitting at my pitcher plant a few days ago, which is why I decided to try it. I started off sticking the pellets close to the water and have gradually been moving them further up the wall.

Here's another video that shows how accurate these guys are, especially when the pellets are in motion. If pay close attention at the end, you'll note that the fish that successfully shoots down the pellet isn't always the one that ends up eating it.

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Awesome! I wonder what goes one in their little heads as they're doing this? I've always wanted Archer fish. Maybe when I build my turtle pond I'll buy some Archer's to go in my Red Eared Slider's 55 gallon.
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