I have finally started my first build. It's a small tank, an 12x12x18 going to house a trio of mourning geckos. It's just going to be false bottom, great stuff, and gorilla glue and peat. I did my first layer of gs tonight. Tomorrow, I will add some more.
I need to deal with a siphon tube too, forgot about that. Good thing it's not too late.
I am already regretting design decisions. Hopefully though, once I get all great stuffed, I will be less regretful.
Here is where I am as of today. I think tomorrow I will trim some before adding pots and more great stuff. I would like a four inch pot behind the horizontal branch if it will fit, a small pot near the juncture of the vertical branch on the right and the horizontal, and something to put a trailing plant in nearer to the top. I am considering peat mossing the entire sides of the tank in the European tradition, but it's so small, and it will make it difficult to enjoy the geckos, so maybe not. Opinions welcomed. I am in IT and have thick skin. Although it is too late to worry about that weird wood, but it may rot, I have no idea if it will or not, but I figured that the tank was cheap, I liked the way the wood looked and thought it would be easy to mount epiphytes to and this way I saved my overpriced mopani for the larger tanks.
My false bottom is screened with fiberglass window screen. I do hope this is the right stuff. Also, I see people reinforce support in the middle. My carpenter husband swears mine will hold without support but I am scared it will collapse into a plasticky heap. additionally, I lazily hot glued the screen to the frame. It was either that or sewing, what is the proper method of securing it?