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Wanted to show you guys what I'm working on.
Last week I got myself a new tank (18x18x24"), unfortunately it leaked so I haven't been able to start with the fun stuff until yesterday.

The design is based on this tank, but better:p


Not too much to show right now, but this i what I've got so far.
On the right where there's tree fern missing I'm going to put a quarter of a tree fern trunk, you know, like a 8" thick pizza slice;)
But my order got screwed up so I'll have to wait till next week to finish it.

Hope you like it, I know I do.
 

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Thanks:)
The one on the background is filled with great stuff as it would be near impossible to get frogs out if needed to, but the other one is hollow to provide additional hiding places.

I noticed that my link doesn't seem to work properly, so I just want to clarify that I'm linking to my own build. Without knowing that my "but better" comment seems a bit smug:p
 

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I loved your previous tank and this one is shaping up to be just as good as well... Just to let you know, I'm totally chomping your idea. I've got a few cork tubes lying around and I'm gonna throw them into a tank similarly placed. ;)
 

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Gives me great ideas for ledges and bridges I am trying to make in my current build.

Keep the pix coming.
 

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I loved your previous tank and this one is shaping up to be just as good as well... Just to let you know, I'm totally chomping your idea. I've got a few cork tubes lying around and I'm gonna throw them into a tank similarly placed. ;)
Well, I would assume some royalty checks are in place then;):D

Hopefully I'll get the last piece of tree fern tomorrow so I can finally finish the hard scape and then I can plant it on friday night.

Everything else are pretty much done, I've fly proofed the front went with some fine screen, cut and siliconed glass to the top, added leca around the false bottom and boiled leaf litter.
 

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Not very much to update on, but I finally got the last piece of tree fern today.
It only took the better part of a month to sort that out, lets just say that I'm less than pleased with that vendors customer service:rolleyes:

The trunk was a lot smaller than anticipated, but I think it still works. Luckily I had some tree fern panels to fill out the space.



Just a few more days now, and then I can plant this thing. I can barely wait!
 

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Nice plants! They should look very cool when established.

Any thoughts on inhabitants?
 

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Nice plants! They should look very cool when established.

Any thoughts on inhabitants?
Thanks!
Not completely sure, when I started the tank I had D. leucomelas in mind, but now I'm starting to think R. imitator or variabilis.

Decisions decisions....
 

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Yea me too. It's something like a ton (give or take;)) of Microgramma rhizomes in there, when they starts to shoot leaves It's going to be pretty green on the top tube.
Hopefully it will look as awesome as I picture it in my head.
 

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Adiantum sp. (Looks like raddianum but not sure.)
Humata heterophylla
Microgramma lycopodioides
Microgramma nitida
Microgramma vacciniifolia
Pyrrosia piloselloides

For now;)
 

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Adiantum sp. (Looks like raddianum but not sure.)
Humata heterophylla
Microgramma lycopodioides
Microgramma nitida
Microgramma vacciniifolia
Pyrrosia piloselloides

For now;)
I missed one, Lecanopteris carnosa.
 

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Adiantum sp. (Looks like raddianum but not sure.)
Humata heterophylla
Microgramma lycopodioides
Microgramma nitida
Microgramma vacciniifolia
Pyrrosia piloselloides

For now;)
I see we have the same tastes :D

I'd go with variabilis, even so you might wanna get some small broms in that case.
I could imagine a little bunch of lilliputiana in a corner of the canopy ;)

Regards,
 

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Two questions:
1. How is the upper tube attached to the tree fern? I want to do something similar in my next build
2. Is anything securing the plants to the cork other than their roots?


So I finally started to plant the tank. I still haven't planted the terrestrials or put in substrate, I'll have to give that some more thought.

Right now it looks a little bit messy, but I think it will "settle" in a week or two when the plants are rooted.



 

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Two questions:
1. How is the upper tube attached to the tree fern? I want to do something similar in my next build
2. Is anything securing the plants to the cork other than their roots?
It's not. It's glued (with silicone) directly to the glass and then I put the tree fern panels around it.

I use both zip-ties and toothpicks, when the plants are rooted I usually remove the zip-ties.
 

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Very nice build! I love the look of the tank. Like someone else already said, this tank is going to look great when it is established. Nice job!
 
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