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Old 09-02-2010, 09:18 PM
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As backboard I used XPS Foam Board. I finished (with pvc/rope) it outside and afterwards glued it into the viv.
The corners were made with Polyurethane foam and finished the same way as the pvc/rope. The corners were made directly into the viv. It's a bit more work but It's impossible to make it outside the viv.
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Any more details? like what kind of lighting set up you have and ventilation?
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:15 AM
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Any more details? like what kind of lighting set up you have and ventilation?
the main lightning consist of 6 x 36watt PL.
For ventilation there is a front metal wire mesh under the front doors and 2 in top of the viv for natural air circulation.
There are also 2 ventilators for extra circulation but when using it the humidity drops. The 2 vents are not necessary but I can use them for extra warming.

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Wow one of the best tanks I've ever seen how big is it
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:23 AM
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Thx!
Dimensions are 185cm (72")L x 50cm (19,7")D x 100cm (40")H
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so just around 240 gallons or 910 liters
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* we need more pics of this guy lol... Are you adding more plants or letting what is in there grow out?
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Are you adding more plants or letting what is in there grow out?
It's better to let the plants that are in grow out a bit before adding more.
I want the bottom to get enough light so the moss can grow. More plants means less light on the bottom.
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How did you plant the plants on you're walls? And could this process work with silicone and coco coir method? Also did you have a water feature with moving water or just a pond area. And where did you get your led's?


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Old 09-06-2010, 03:20 PM
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coco is a good alternative for peat so I guess it will work.
In the right corner is a waterfall:




I found the leds in Ikea.

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Old 09-06-2010, 04:31 PM
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The LED lights: IKEA | Integrated lighting | Bookcase integrated lighting | DIODER | Lighting strip
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I've thought about getting those until I saw these online.

LED Light Strip Kits For Home Accent Lighting

they even have a remote to switch colors, or fade the colors. It's just $10 more than the ikea one.
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I love that waterfall. I like how it's kind of hidden, it makes it seem more natural looking and adds a mystery to the tank
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Could you post more pics maybe different angles of your waterfall? And how did you time you leds to go from day to evening to night? And is there any way to thin out ge silicone to make it easy to paint on? Sorry for all the questions.

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Did you heat the rope as well if not how did you get it to keep its shape. And does the waterfall start at the top and trickle all the down. I just can't figure out how I would make a waterfall look like it belongs in that type of setup like you did so any more advice and/or pics would be great.


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I didn't heat the rope. You can twist the rope around the pvc and if necessary glue it to stay in place.
The waterfall flows over the foam. Nothing really special about it.






I used timers to control the lights. The eveninglights are turned on a couple of minutes before the mainlights are turned off. It's almost impossible to time it by seconds. In the future I'm going to use PLC controllers to automate the vivarium.
the silicone isn't thinned out. You have to use enough silicone to have the pvc covered.
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Your vivarium desperately needs some high def video taken of it...

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Did you use net pots to plant your plants on the wall or pin all of them?
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Wow, that's beautiful ~ had no idea from first picture how it would turn out and was dubious, but it's great. Congratulations.
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museum quality. nice job!
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I pinned all the plants onto the background.
I'll make a video as soon as I have a camera
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Can't wait to see this one in a year.
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Magnifique terrarium j'adore et je vais m'en inspirer pour mon prochain projet.
J'attend avec impatience les vidéo.

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Merci beaucoup
I'll try to make a video asap.
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Man you 2 just freaked me out...I just got off the phone wasn't really focused looked at this thread and the 2 posts I see are not in english...and I'm like WTH...where am I, whats happening?

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I have already seen this and I just cant stop looking at it! You are my hero man! Lol, but seriously that is probably one of the nicest I have ever seen. Very good.
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Impressive...
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This build is just great. You and HX have totally changed my mind on what I will be doing with my future display tank. Very inspiring stuff.

So its been a few months, how is the background holding up? Especially the waterfall section. Do you notice any cracking, breaking down, odd colour, or film in the water?
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Thx! I had some ideas for my background and HX's technique came right on time.
The waterfall is holding up fine. I made sure I only used materials that should hold with the constant waterflow.
No strange colours, cracking or breaking...
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..time for a little movie then? please..:-)
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I don't have a camera
I'll try to make one asap.
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I love it! ahaha

it looks like it should belong in a museum
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Still stunning! Thanks for the update
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Woah. uhh... wow...amazing!!
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This is one amazing tank! You really did an outstanding job with it. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration!
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any chance you have a step by step of your waterfall? i am plotting out my attack on a 20 and a 29, and cannot decide on whats the best method to allow for easy access, avoid breakdown, etc. etc. you just did foam panels for the background + pvc + rope + some GS foam and then cocofiber etc. over the top of it all? im just trying to take all precautions necessary so i dont have to tear a whole tank apart a week after finishing...
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do they change colors?
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