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My first attempt at a clay background and using Turface as a substrate.

Need to add leaf litter, broms and bugs - all coming next week.

FTS:


Closeup of Turface:


I added a couple more pieces of driftwood so I'd have a few more planting places for the broms I've got coming next week.


Plants are liking the clay:








Comments and questions are welcome. :)
 

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Very nice. I'm curious to see how the turface works for you. I love the 18" cubes, but your 16" looks nice. Make sure you update.
 

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Nice! You make the cube yourself? Also, are you going to do a clay substrate over the infield conditioner?
Nope - the cube is by RPN. And nope - all I'm planning is leaf litter and maybe a few pockets of an organic mix that I'm making up.

Reworked and replanted:




Replanted 'center cluster':


This new layout gives me a lot more room for new plants next week!
 

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Seeded with lots 'o bugs and tons of leaf litter.




 

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New plants!

4 x Neo. Fireball + pups :)
1 x Ficus pumila 'Rikki'
1 x Ficus pumila 'Bellus'
1 x Ficus pumila 'Oak Leaf'

I also picked up a Peperomia caperata 'Little Fantasy' and a Pleurothallis grobyii. Neither of which are going in this viv. Maybe a cutting of the pep, if I need to fill some space.

Onto the pics:


Left side:


Right side:


Center brom cluster:
 

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That's a whole lot of fast growing ficus! I would also add a nice aroid.
Fast growing is the idea. I'm getting a pair of frogs this weekend and I'm hoping they'll like it enough to start breeding right away.

There are actually a couple Philodendron cuttings making their way through the leaf litter so I've got the aroid covered. :) Hoping that'll take off too.

froggies13 - I'm not 100% sure what the wood is called. It's the kind generally available at pet stores. It's quite heavy and dense. Sorry I can't be much more help than that.

The Turface product is called MVP - the coarsest grade they make.
 

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BTW - these are Ranitomeya imitator 'Yumbatos'.
 

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I'm not sure if this has come up before (if it has I apologize), but aren't you concerned about the clay breaking down fairly quickly?
 

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I'm not sure if this has come up before (if it has I apologize), but aren't you concerned about the clay breaking down fairly quickly?
I've had it in a tank for 2+ months so far and have not seen ANY particle breakdown.

Plus, there is this from the manufacutuer's website:
Particle Stability: Sulfate Soundness testing (ASTM C-88) and static degradation test not to exceed 4% loss over 20 years
I'm no scientist, but it sounds to me like it's designed to hold it's form for a LONG time.
 

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does it have an calcium in it? I am making a tank possibly for pumilio and they need the clay substrate.
From the MSDS:
SiO2 - 74%
Al2O3 - 11%
Fe2O3 - 5%
All other chemicals equal less than 5% and include : CaO, MgO, K2O, Na2O and TiO2
There is some in there, but not a ton.
 
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