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I don't have much to show yet, but I have a start at least! I've been doing lots of research in the past couple of weeks, so it's nice to finally have something to show for it. Please keep checking in on this thread, because I'll post photos along the way, and I'll also be asking questions I'm sure. Constructive criticisms are welcome.





Questions:
1. I have GE Silicone I Kitchen/Bath/Plumbing. Is this the right kind? The only thing is that it's clear, and I thought it would be better to get the black kind because that way when I cover the Great Stuff with coco fiber, if there are any bare patches they'll just be black. I guess alternatively I could look for the black GS that's meant for ponds...

2. Do I have to put silicone on the glass before applying GS? I guess that's where having black silicone would come in handy, because then it will hide the back and side of the tank, which I'm sure will be pretty ugly looking from the outside with the GS pressed up against the glass.

3. This question has its own thread: http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/parts-construction/69846-pet-resistant-insect-screening-false-bottom.html

Thanks and stay tuned!
 

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Strange, I'm not sure what happened to the photos, but I'll post them again!

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Making progress; I wrapped the FB in screen and applied silicone to the walls where the GS will go.


I ended up answering my previous questions on my own, so please ignore those. :)
 

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Thanks! I'm figuring it out as I go. I got a big piece of driftwood (I think it's mopani wood), and I'm trying out different positions to see what looks best. Opinions? I think I already have a favorite, but I'm not telling. ;)
 

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2 was my favorite also! I went with that one.

Here is the arrangement I've decided on. There will be a slow trickle of water coming out of a hole in the cork bark piece on the far left that will trickle down into the pond. I will slope the sides of the pond so the frogs can get out if they fall in, don't worry!



I followed Grimm's awesome idea for the air circulation vent system and made my own mini version of that. Still waiting on the computer fan for it.



 

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So I have a question. Do you guys think this tank will have enough usable space for a pair of D. tinctorius? Here is the side-view picture again:


And here is a top-view picture:


I'm thinking they will be able to climb all over the background (I'm making a ledge or two) and that large piece of driftwood.
 

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Thanks!

There will be a minor setback, because I bought the kind of GS that expands too much. I'm going to return it, and I've ordered the black kind online. So I have to wait for that to get here before I can do much more.
 

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Progress report!

This is how it looked after the GS:


And this is how it looks now with the background pretty much complete:






It's getting there, slowly but surely!
 

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I had to put the progress of my viv on hold for a while because I was busy working on my aquariums (I keep fancy goldfish and just finished building a wet/dry filter). But I'm starting up the viv project again, and today I got the fan for the internal air circulation. Here are some pics. Credit to Grimm for the inspiration on this. :)





Cut and strip the red and black wires.


Cut and strip the adapter wires.


Splice.


Used shrink tube to hold them together.


Voila!


Here it is in the compartment I built for it. It takes air from the bottom of the tank and moves it up to the top.
 

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just make sure you use R/O or distilled water so you don't get a mineral buildup on the glass
I've heard you should use distilled for misting and dechlorinated tap water for the water feature is fine. But yeah... maybe the water line would form a buildup on the glass, and I wouldn't want that! Hmm... I just don't want the water to become too acidic though, which I think it could if I use distilled in the water feature.

very very nicely done, i love that waterfall.. so slick and simple. where'd you end up putting it? i mean, the pump.
Thanks! I needed to keep it simple for my first build since I don't totally know what I'm doing! :confused: lol I made an access for the pump right behind the waterfall.
 

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even removing the chlorine there is still minerals in tap water wich will leave deposits on your class.
almost everyone who has been doing this for a while uses r/o for everything in their vivs...
I think some use spring water and shizz for tads tho
Yeah I understand that. I have pretty hard water here and my main hobby is fishkeeping. So I know all about water deposits... unfortunately. :p I'll go with distilled water in the pond then I suppose!
 

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All I can say is....... SWEET! I'm gonna start a new 29g in mid november and i'm gonna use the same FB design and waterfall design you did. I plan on using distilled for both misting and a water feature, just because if you look at an aquarium that you need to add more water too you can see an ugly deposit line and i'm also getting that in my older tank. One question though, what pump are you using? I was thinking of using the zoo med pump in thier waterfall kit, but I don't want it to squirt water out or not even pump high enough, I want it to trickle. Also, is that cork to "separate" the land and water? Another idea stolen :p
I used the Zoo Med Micro Pump 104, it's perfect! You can adjust the flow rate a little on it. Yeah, the cork is to keep the substrate out of the water. :)

My plants are here! I ordered from Black Jungle. I just left the tags in for now so I remember what they are.














 

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Sure Brandon, here is the plant list and I'll upload a photo of the tank with all the plants labeled too.
Plant list:
Selaginella sp. (spikemoss)
Pleurothallis allenii
Bacopi monnieri (moneywort)
Ficus pumila var. quercifolia (oak leaf creeping fig)
Ficus sp. “lance leaf”
Ludisia discolor var. alba (jewel orchid)
Dischidia ovate
Polypodium formosanum (grub fern)

I added a fake vine today.


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Here's a little update on the plants. I'm seeing new growth on most of them, and they all seem to be more bright green than they were at first.



The Bacopa monnieri is the fastest growing so far.

It even produced this little flower a few days ago!


The Picus pumila is putting out new leaves very quickly.


The rhizome on the grub fern seems to be growing up away from the dirt.


The Ludisia discolor is bending toward the light.


Even the Pluerothallis allenii has a little bit of new growth becoming visible.


And the spikemoss keeps reaching up and up.



Bugs, leaf litter, and a few other miscellaneous items are on the way! :)
 

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I was advised that the mites are not a problem, so I'm not going to worry about it. Apparently most vivariums get mites, and the frogs will eat them. Sometimes you get predator mites that will eat the good bugs in the tank, but I guess that's rare.
 
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