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Old 10-08-2010, 03:08 PM
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Just wanted to say that your tank is going to be the direct inspiration for the one I'm gonna be setting up this fall. Superb job!
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The mixture that you applied to the tree and roots you say you applied with a paint brush. What was the consistency? How long did you wait between applying the two coats? Thanks again for all this great info.
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:19 PM
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you just did foam panels for the background + pvc + rope + some GS foam and then cocofiber etc. over the top of it all?
Yes, that's it. The background of the waterfall need sealant with peat (cocofiber) onto it. the compaktuna/flevopol mixture doesn't work (flushes away eventually).

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The mixture that you applied to the tree and roots you say you applied with a paint brush. What was the consistency? How long did you wait between applying the two coats? Thanks again for all this great info.
I mixed 1 part water, 1 part compaktuna and 2 - 3 parts of peat. You'll never get it fully covered or you need maybe 10 layers of it. Drytime depends of the thickness of the layer. I covered the rest with sealant and peat.
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:03 PM
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Sorry to change the topic, but do you have a link to the viv made by HX that inspired you? Thanks
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Old 10-09-2010, 06:12 AM
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It's not a whole viv but he makes very cool branches, roots and stuff.
Topic: http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/par...tml#post191641
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All i can say is wow. I'm from australia and since we cant keep dart frogs over here we dont really see these kind of setups here, not done to this extent anyway. I'm planning on doing a 40gal viv just to grow some plants in and possibly add some native frogs into, planning on doing a back ground but i doubt i could do anythinmg like you have done there, its just amazing, kudos on the good work mate
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It's not a whole viv but he makes very cool branches, roots and stuff.
Topic: http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/par...tml#post191641
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:28 PM
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how did you get the rigity in the rope, prior to putting on the compaktuna mixture?
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:45 PM
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The rope is flexible. If necessary I glued the rope to the pipes. Most are still flexible and can be bend.
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I can't see the pics
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:33 PM
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The pics should be visible now.
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all i can say is wow wow looks soo good
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Most impressive...please give more details about the "water feature"--I love the way the water "dribbles" down the background...Do you have a false bottom setup, a dedicated water area...how was all of it constructed. The "sealant" that you used--one that could be obtained in the US--is it glossy when dry, or is it a more natural matte...Am I incorrect--did you just coat the "rocks" over which the water flows with the "dirt mixture" that was also on the roots??? It just looks so natural...wonderful job
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:50 PM
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I first placed a flexible pipe and covered the corner with Polyurethane foam. I placed a piece of epiweb in front of the exit of the waterfall so It drips rather than flows down.
The waterfall is covered with sealant (brown) and peat. The part with flowing water loses some peat but it's not that bad.
I have a false bottom. The water area is seperated with Polyurethane foam. The other part consist of filterfoam and epiweb on top and finally peat.
I only used the compaktuna-mixture on parts that can't wash away.
some parts of the sealant loses a bit of peat so you get some change in colour that makes it more natural.
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it looks like it should belong in a museum
Damn right.... great looking viv... one of the best looking ones as of late IMO
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What are the plants with the red veined oval shaped leaves creeping across the ground?


So far this tank looks amazing!!!


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What are the plants with the red veined oval shaped leaves creeping across the ground?
The name is unknown but it originated from Suriname.
I got it from: dutch-rana
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:45 PM
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Moved, added and removed some plants:
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It's ridiculously good...my favourite EVER.
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Is that a pluerothallid in the upper left?
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:20 PM
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Dunno which plant you mean but i don't have a pluerothallid (at least I think)
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:27 PM
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did you build your whole thank? like what are the sides made of just plywood with glass front?
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:32 PM
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I bought the glass vivarium. It's made completely out of glass (european style) with pvc on the sides.
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I saw this over on Gifkikkerportaal a couple of weeks ago and was speechless.

So glad I found the thread on here, I couldnt even fathom how youd made the tree buttress.

Really welldone, easily one of the best constructed vivariums I have ever seen.

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I added a small lowres little video on youtube. Sorry for the bad quality but it's all I have for the moment.

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If I didn't know better I'd swear you were taking a video of an embankment in the Amazon somewhere.
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I bought the glass vivarium. It's made completely out of glass (european style) with pvc on the sides.

nice nice. ya i wish i could just pick something up like that. i might just build something myself if its gunna be large.
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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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Toluene or toluol will thin out silicone without any adverse effects.
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how did you get the different tones/shades of brown, beiges and greys on the background and vines. i noticed that they go from dark brown to beige on a couple vines in the video. looks very natural.
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Hi dizzle,

You get the different shades in color by using the compaktuna/flevopol-mixture and sealant (fix all). At some places there is a lot of peat pressed into the sealant while at other places the color of the fix all (dark brown) is coming through.
I used the mixture (if there is no flowing water) in 2-3 layers. If there are parts uncovered I use the sealant to cover the rest.
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Dunno which plant you mean but i don't have a pluerothallid (at least I think)
This one:

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It's a Episcia dianthiflora.
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Stunning viv!
What makes it so special is the dimensions and your landscaping - definitely a case of less is best with the planting. I think it looks good with just a few plants, sort of emerging from the background and substrate - just as would happen naturally in a shaded area of the rainforest.
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WOW! Some of the things you guys think of is amazing! I hope that someday I make I tank that looks as half as good as some of yours. Great Job! Looks amazing.
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This is an amazing viv. THe video made me think it was a nature program, If I didn't know it was man-made, I would have sworn money it was natural.
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I made a more clear photo of the viv by stitching a couple of photos together. It's a bit distorted but it's more detailed and the colours are more lifelike.

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Wow, I can't wait to see this viv in a few months when it really has grown in.
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Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the updated pic.
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Holy moly, this just keeps getting better!
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I still love this tank!

I really need to find out what species that Suriname plant is.

Also is that Marcgravia umbellata on the background?


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