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Old 10-31-2010, 04:47 PM
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Yes it's a Marcgravia.
If you find the name of the Suriname plant please let us know. Nobody seems to know the name.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:22 PM
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I made a liana. I wanted to create more depth to the viv.





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Old 11-02-2010, 05:31 PM
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Looks great. I think you should add more!

Did you just cut the top of the tubing flat, then silicone it to the glass top?
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:35 PM
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Nope it's rope and no pipe and it's not glued.
I fixed a plastic screw thread into the rope and attached it to the ventilationgrid. It's easier to remove if necessary.
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:51 PM
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Two thumbs up! Nice addition!
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hi Raf,

It is getting better and better! Well done!
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Did you seperate the water feature from the main land area? Im having difficulty seeing weather or not you did a false bottom, a thick layer of gravel, or a waterproof barrier...
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looks like it could be peat bricks.
Such a great viv, it really looks like a chunk of jungle



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Old 11-03-2010, 06:30 PM
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Thanks alot for the comments!

I seperated the water feature and the rest of the bottom with Polyurethane foam. It's a false bottom made with filter foam and epiweb. On top I added peat bricks.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:45 AM
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Excellent addition to an already beautiful vivarium.
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I would love to see a video showing you making one of those vines, they look incredible

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Thumbs up Vivaria construction

This should become a 'sticky' - ie a permanent clickable link in my opinion. Incredible detail and like how we are kept in suspense to see how the viv will grow and thrive. Immense pleasure seeing someone doing it so well. An inspiration and a work of art. More please.
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:19 AM
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Hi All,

I finally could make a HD video of the vivarium:
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It's ridiculously good...my favourite EVER.
Couldnt agree more, awesome job im jealous
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The worst thing about that tank is your lovely handiwork is going to get covered with plants.

Here's my rather pedestrian question- is that three movable panes of glass in two slot runners? The panes of glass are probably not close enough together to be fruitfly safe?
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:03 PM
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Thx for the comments!
The panes aren't close enough so fruitflies could escape but I don't have a lot of escaped fruitflies. I'm gonna close it with siliconestrips.
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I must say this - I love your terrarium! Such a great idea, such a great outcome! Marry me
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Wow i never cease to be amazed at the beauty of ur viv.

what is the name of the "moss" you are growing on the main stum/vine as well as scattered around other vines?

And is it to much trouble to video a short demo of you making a "vine"

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Old 11-08-2010, 01:52 PM
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The mosses are java moss (Vesicularia dubyana) and Christmas Moss (Vesicularia montagnei). Enough light and high humidity and it grows fast.

I can't make a vid of the making of the vines because I simply need to work rather fast and don't wanna ruin the camera that's not mine
I'll try to make some photos at different stages. It really is simple.
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I’m just in the middle of creating a few practice removable backgrounds using this method. I'll be selling them, but hopefully I'll get better as I build more of them. Instead of using the Compaktuna, I'm substituting it with Titebond 3 Wood Glue (since the compaktuna cannot be found in North America). The problem is that when mixed with peat and some water, it is not sticky! I'm having a hell of a time getting it to cover the thin pvc lines. The rope is wicking the glue great, its the smooth plastic that is a real pita!

Raf, when you have the compaktuna mixture made, is it a very sticky stringy mix, or does it break apart fairly easily? Also, do you try and roughen up the plastic lines? For my 2nd attempt I scratched the surface of the pvc a lot, hopefully it will help the mixture adhere better. Im afraid I'm going to have to try another mixture, or at the very least mix an additive into the slurry to increase the stickiness, and reduce cracking of the finished product.

In any case, I'll start my own thread shortly. Thanks Raf

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Old 11-08-2010, 02:39 PM
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Hi grimm,

The first layer doesn't stay on well. It doesn't feel sticky and a lot of the mixture will fall off. But when dried it is very strong. The next layers will stay on better but you really need a lot of layers to get it covered. I also put a bit of sand in the mixture so it doesn't crack easily but it isn't needed to make it stronger. I use 3/4 layers of the mixture and afterwards finish with sealant and peat. You have to let it dry for a few weeks until it's strong enough.
If I'm gonna make a new branch I would scratch the pipe so it will hold a bit better.

The liana is made with sealant peat without the compaktuna mixture.

Nice if you can sell it but it takes to much time to finish a rootsystem or I need to sell it for a lot of $/.

Hope to see your work soon!
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Glad to hear that your mixture acts similar to my own. It definitley does take a lot of work and touchups, but the end result looks great so its worth it. I'll try and add sand to my next section.

People around my neck of the woods dont have much creativity of their own, so it is easy to sell removable background pieces. Plus they are mostly interested in "dry" habitats that are easy to clean. This background method should fit their needs, and I wont have to use a sealant either! Im not selling to make money at all. Im just building to gain experience and skills for my future large viv.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:54 PM
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I made a new liana today and took some pics making them:

I start inserting a screw thread into the rope so I can attach it to the ventilationgrid.

I start detailing the rope with smaller ropes till I get the desired liana. The smaller rope is glued to the big one:



More detailing:




The rope is covered with the sealant:


Once the rope is (partially) covered the peat is pressed onto it:



This liana is made the same way:


A couple of lianas combined:



Have Fun!
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dude that vine making process is awesome. I can't wait to try that method with some vines in my viv.
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Looking awesome as always bud.

How flexible is the coating when cured? Mine is rock hard and I'm worried about it cracking if I begin creating lianas like this without a strong center core.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:27 PM
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The Sealant stays a bit flexible.
I can bend it like the original rope without any cracks.
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The Sealant stays a bit flexible.
I can bend it like the original rope without any cracks.
....And this is why I wish I could get some soudal sealant. Im going to do some research to try and get some shipped across the pond since I'll be using this method much more in the future. Or I'll attempt using silicone and peat as per usual.

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I made a pretty convincing "vine" using the electrical wire that is covered in some sort of rubbery plastic and has two wires in it...it is flat but can be very easily twisted and takes to Gorilla Glue, and various additives. I wrapped some other strands of polypropalyne rope that I'd taken apart and wrapped them randomly around the electric "wire". The various strands were coated and sprinkled with in different areas with dry coir, peat, some granular grouting colors...things like that....some of the areas were sprinkled with a lightish colored grout granules and ended up looking like lichens...and it looks pretty good for my first attempt... But back to the water feature: you used Epiweb which comes in a sheet...did you cut it into pieces and stack the pieces up and cover it with your "sealent"?? That natural dribble effect is exactly what I'd like to duplicate and would like a clearer explanation of the "foam" you used and how...and other water details. The concept of keeping the water area separate is appealing so that the side that is substrate does not wick water and waterlog the plants.....more details...please...
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:20 AM
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I don't use electrical wire because it has copper in it and copper is not a material I want in my viv. I use a very smal iron cable covered with plastic that I can bend the way I want but that mostly to detail the vines once they are finished or to hold plants on the vine.
The water area is not seperated from the rest of the bottom. I use Polyurethane foam (Great stuff?) only to have a barrier to make a shore. The rest of the bottom with the peat on top has a bottom with filterfoam and epiweb. The water does not get to the peat so it's not completely soaked.
To get the dripple effect just place something (epiweb) in front of the exit so the water does not spray out of the waterfall.
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Last update (at least I try to stop adjusting everything):








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wow amazing as usual. I'm sure its mentioned in the first 15 pages but i dont feel like going through every page to find it, what lighting are you running for this tank?
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Your viv is a work of art!

Thanks for taking the time to explain the steps you went through. I'll be trying this method at some point.
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that makes all my tanks look like crap i'm serius ive got to try that
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Thx for the comments!

I use 6x36watt PL as normal light. 4 ledbars as eveninglight and 6 x led (Lucky reptile night sky led) as nightlight.
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yikes...have I done something seriously wrong in using the cable??? What is the reason for not using the wire?? Am not familiar with "iron cable"--what would be something similar in the US?? The "filter foam" material--is that just ordinary aquarium filter material which you put in on top of the epiweb which is on top of a false bottom set up?? Did you have to seal the Great Stuff with silicone or anything??? What is the curing time when you've used it for the water feature "pond" area...sorry to be so dense...I've been following the whole thread and agree that it should be a sticky...so well done, but like me others may have lingering questions...thanks for your patience!!
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Judy, you should be fine using the wire you used. Copper is a heavy metal and in high concentrations can become toxic.

Copper is used in aquariums to kill off parasites, but if the wire is in the jacket (the rubbery plastic stuff) and you sealed it with Gorilla glue/peat or some other material then the copper won't be exposed to the water/air and leach anything into the tank. It would take quite a while before any levels became detectable or toxic anyway.
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Wow, that belongs in a zoo... that beats out most of the stuff I've seen in at least the Philly and Houston zoos. Hats off to you.
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Simply Epic, one of my favorite vivs of all time for sure
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