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Just started my first 10g vert a couple days ago. Couldn't decide what to go for in terms of a tank until I saw a Craigslist special, 10gals for 5 bucks each. Ended up with 2 10gal and 1 5gal, guy who was selling them put the ad up for his kids so they could sell off some fish tanks and buy a dog :p I helped them out with a few extra dollars for the tanks;)

Going with a DIY convertion. Lower 4" piece is std glass from Ace(hoping it doesn't break), door will be 12 1/2" Makrolon with a clear hinge and the upper piece will be 2 1/2" Makrolon. I'm hoping to do something interesting with the screen like gluing 2 pieces of 1/8" or 3/32" together sandwiching the screen between so there is a little more visibility but we'll see.

For lighting the plan is to go for the AAA led setup.

Also, haven't decided whether to drill the glass (should have been done first) or add an access hole in the corner of the screen for a single mist head.







This is where I'm at right now which is only a few hours deep so far. Cleaning and disinfecting the tank took far longer than anything else. I will be adding magnolia leaves and 2-3 large broms in the 4"+ dia range to fill up the rest of the tank.


The new inhabitants from Gary are currently in their QT tank. To my surprise yesterday the older froglet of 3mo was calling! Btw his shipping was A+, frogs came out of their transport containers like they were never in one.


 

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Thanks, the new frogs are doing really well and have become super bold after what seemed to be only a 2 day acclimation period. They are in a temp 12" Exo cube which was thrown together quickly and seeded with some springs and leaf litter. It's not the best but that's what temp enclosures are for right.

Ordered some stuff to finish off the vert
AAA LED Vert Light
Magnolia leaf litter

Ionantha Mexican
Tillandsia Tenuifolia 'Blue Flower'
Neoregelia 'Chiquita Linda'
Neoregelia 'olens x fireball'
Neoregelia "Wee Willy"
Heart Fern

No See Um Mosquito Netting


Tank before they went in. I've since rearranged a little and removed some things for more leaf litter coverage and visibility.






 

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Little update with the tank.

Finished off planting with a very nice brom with several pups from NE Herpetoculture, Olens, Tiger and potted heart fern split in two sections. Let sit for a few weeks, added springs and some food goodies to the point where they are now climbing all over the back wall in the morning.

Front door was a bit of a pain. Many people suggest using glass but I'm not really a fan because of shattering stories. Lexan/Acrylic is easy to work with but can warp so I went with Makrolon. For those of you who don't know what this is think Poland Springs water dispensers. Water resistant, difficult to cut, incredibly strong and will not shatter.

Top piece has no vents and has 2 fittings on the top plumbed for misting and drainage (yes I was scared or drilling glass but this works just as well). The misting nozzle is a single Drip Depot 3/4GPH that is adjustable and can produce a pretty fine mist and works well...with my exo Monsoon :rolleyes:

Still waiting on the led fixture...might have to ditch that idea.


 

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That brom that is lying on the floor looks sad... perhaps he should move to the background ;)

I do have to warn you about moon valley pilea. It grows quickly, flowers easily, and looks great, but only to a point. When it gets bigger it will get leggy and shoot out tons of nasty hair roots out of each of its stalks. I just recently pulled mine out for that reason.
 

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That brom that is lying on the floor looks sad... perhaps he should move to the background ;)

I do have to warn you about moon valley pilea. It grows quickly, flowers easily, and looks great, but only to a point. When it gets bigger it will get leggy and shoot out tons of nasty hair roots out of each of its stalks. I just recently pulled mine out for that reason.
That brom IS on the floor oh my! Its there because it has a very small root section, little more difficult than the brand new broms I got from NEHerp. If I get tired of cutting the pilea it will get pulled, but its been in a few other tanks of mine and I like how it fills everything in.
 

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Had to change it up a little bit. Not enough ventilation and not enough light getting down past the pupping broms even with my super bright LYR LED bulbs.





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