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Old 10-26-2012, 02:54 PM
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Hello Raf!
I love your set-up and im going to be using some of your ideas in my 125 paludarium that ill be creating over the next couple months. I have a very basic question about your great stuff side walls though if you dont mind. Im curious, on the upper right side of the tank wall, how did you go about making the large semi-circular bulges that stick out of the wall? If it just simply a large pile of expanding GS or did you cover something up with gs that retained that shape? I just happen to like the look of your design better then most as yours creates a more full/3D system of ledges and so im curious what your method is! Once again, this is a fantastic creation, a real work of art.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:00 PM
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It's a large pile of PU foam and carved a bit. I used toothpicks to hold the foam while drying. I sprayed more foam close to the front.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:07 PM
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I bought 2 of this Solar Raptor 35W and I love the light, I can see the diference in only one week. My terrarium in not that high as yours only 70cm so I think that 50W would have been to much.
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wicked work!!!!
Hey I am wondering what did you use for the background to cover the piping up?
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:27 PM
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I used a combination of Compaktuna-peat mixture and silicon-peat
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Have tree in a creek bank I've always wanted to try and replicate. At last I can
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Hi Raf,

I love the vivarium. Very inspiring! I especially like the use of the aquarium filter in the false bottom, and then the hidden access bit to get to the heater. However how do you get to the pump which is at the back in the corner?

Also is the water directed through your 'Aquarium Filter' in a zig-zag fashion so that it's pulled through as much of the filter as possible before it gets to the pump, or is it simply a huge block of filter foam placed inbetween?

Many thanks for a great thread.
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updated pics Raf?
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:22 PM
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No real changes but I'll try to take some pics later this week.
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Serious viv envy. Haha I'm using that same technique for some vines in my current build. Can't wait until everything is coated. I used a mix of sphagnum peat moss and coco fiber to get a nice rich dark brown color. We will see how it turns out. I wish you could stick a GoPro down in there and get some time lapse video.
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Hi Raf,

first off this build log has been an awesome read and a big inspiration for me as I'm currently planning on building my first viv.

I have some question for you regarding the lighting, the dimension of my build will be 120h x 90l x 80w (in cm)... yes I know it's an ambitious build for my first viv and I was thinking of installing 2x LED spots to reach the bottom of the tank (like you did with the Solar Raptors) and 2x T5 lights for general lighting. Any thoughts on that?

Also I too live in Belgium so I guess the weather/temperature will be similar, would you recommend heating the viv or will the lights be enough of a heat source?

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btw I'm looking forward to seeing some update pics

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Interested in knowing where you can get these solar raptors or something comparable in the states. Anyone?
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Sorry if this has already been mentioned, but I have a quick question. Did you coat the background and the vines separately, and then insert/attach the vines? I was hoping to include a vine cluster like yours in my next tank. I feel like it would be difficult to coat the background and the vines at the same time, while maintaining the desired vine layout.

Also, I just feel like I couldn't let this thread fall too far into the abyss of threads. It's too cool.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:05 PM
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Great vivarium! I think I might steal some of your ideas for one of my current builds for a crested gecko. Has anything changed much in the viv?
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After a little break it's time for an update. I remove/added/trimmed plants.




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Welcome back Raf! The tank looks great. Still one of my favs!
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That is amazing. I think it is literally the best viv I have ever seen. =)
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Old 08-09-2013, 07:48 PM
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Absolutely glorious. I'm glad you shared it with us. So many people choose not to post their vivs. I am very glad you did. The quality of your setup is something I strive to achieve when I make my own setups.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:19 PM
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This update is a testament to the fantastic planning and execution of this tank. Nice work!

Also, I hate duckweed in aquariums but that duckweed lagoon really completed this tank for me.
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lol yeah duckweed is a real pest. Came in with some aquariumplants and impossible to get rid of.
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I'm speechless!
And I'm not just saying that, I can't find words to describe how much I like this.
Well done man!
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I love this tank. I wish I could see this thing in person. Amazing job
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This update is a testament to the fantastic planning and execution of this tank. Nice work!

Also, I hate duckweed in aquariums but that duckweed lagoon really completed this tank for me.
I couldnt agree more! I too hate duckweed.. But without it, as amazing as this setup really is... I would feel like the water section would be missing somthing.. but the duckweed is a amazing finishing touch (even though you would rather it burn to death lol)
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I couldnt agree more! I too hate duckweed.. But without it, as amazing as this setup really is... I would feel like the water section would be missing somthing.. but the duckweed is a amazing finishing touch (even though you would rather it burn to death lol)
Salvia natens is a much better choice IMO...duckweed looks ok, but ya it is nearly impossible to get rid of completely once it is in there. You could still add some salvia though. Just clear out a lot of the duckweed and add the salvia and then every few months scoop some out so it has room to grow again....I like the kinda half open water, half salvia and/or duckweed look myself rather then a completely covered water surface.

Nice thing about the salvia is you can clean it up and make sure it is duckweed free when you wanna add it to another tank.
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I already tried to remove some duckweed but in a matter of days it's full of duckweed again. Oh well it's green so I don't really care
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Drop a few goldfish in there, the duck weed will be completely gone in less than a month. Or you could get a duck! LOL


It is the best viv I have ever seen, and it just keeps getting better!!!!
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Drop a few goldfish in there, the duck weed will be completely gone in less than a month. Or you could get a duck! LOL


It is the best viv I have ever seen, and it just keeps getting better!!!!
Ya if goldfish eat duckweed (I'll take your word for it), then that might be a good idea.
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Ya if goldfish eat duckweed (I'll take your word for it), then that might be a good idea.
we had guppies in one of our larger enclosures that nibbled away at our duckweed. Literally had that viv set up for maybe 6 months ish.. and never once fed the fish.. They were only purchased as guinea pigs to make sure the water wasnt wicking any kind of chemicals lol. But they obviously ate some of our duckweed, and of course the occasional springtail that found its way to the water area.
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we had guppies in one of our larger enclosures that nibbled away at our duckweed. Literally had that viv set up for maybe 6 months ish.. and never once fed the fish.. They were only purchased as guinea pigs to make sure the water wasnt wicking any kind of chemicals lol. But they obviously ate some of our duckweed, and of course the occasional springtail that found its way to the water area.
Cool, ya I had a beta I never fed in my 75...just ate whatever fell in the water.
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Still looks beautiful Raf! Great job keeping it that way!

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How many frogs do you have in this viv? How do you monitor them about food?
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Around 12 frogs. The vivarium is big so there is plenty of food inside. I don't really need to feed the frogs every week.
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After a little break it's time for an update. I remove/added/trimmed plants.




Mannnnn. I want one of these haha.

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Sorry, I haven't gone through all 48 pages yet lol, but what species do you have in here?

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Leucomelas, Ranitomeya ventrimaculata and a couple of tricolor (which I can't catch). Mixing species is common in Europe.
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Leucomelas, Ranitomeya ventrimaculata and a couple of tricolor (which I can't catch). Mixing species is common in Europe.
The is just the prettiest tank on earth. If there were terrarium contests like in aquascaping, you would easily win the first prize every year

Would we be able to get an update plant list ?

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Easily the best, most natural looking tank I've seen on this board. What are the fern's that seem to be dominating the top right side?
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I'll try to make an updated plantlist as soon as possible. But it can take a while so please be patient
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Still inspiring. I really love the fact that it's not packed with broms. It's so natural, like a scene I can imagine stumbling upon while hiking.
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Still a Gorgeous Tank. Love the method for making the background and have somewhat mimicked it for a few of my projects. Great job!
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