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Dude it looks like it's gonna be awesome really looking foward to it. How are u going to construct the peniunsula, are you going to use styrophome and grout or Great Stuff it? I know you like the kitty liter thing but I just dont see how that would work without some other support Perhaps eggcrate. Also what are your plans for the sump? Looks like ur of to a good start!
 

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Always love seeing your builds grimm, gives me really good ideas and nothing quite can explain like seeing a new masterpiece in vivarium/terrarium construction. Will be looking forward to your updates!!!
 

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Should be a fun one! Thanks guys.

The main structure against the wall will be created from pvc piping and expanding foam attached to a foam board. It will tie into some amazing pieces of driftwood I have ordered from the US. It is tough to descibe what I will be doing, but think lots of verticle branches covered in moss and epiphytes, aswell as vines hanging from the glass tops There will also be a "bridge" made from one of the driftwood pieces, overhanging my the water feature. Nothing to fanch in the feature though, as it will be similar to the slow drip I have in my 1st twin tank. Finally all the wood will be attached together using a minimal amount of foam, then coated using a mixture of silicone, toluene, peat, and coir fiber strands.

To make up for the lack of a clay background, I have already made a large batch of clay substrate. It seems to be clumping a little to easily for my liking though, so I'm thinking of getting it fired using higher temps at the pottery store next door. Using a clay background on something this large doesnt appeal to me, as it will not last as long as foam and pvc. The strength quality tends to be variable when using clay depending on the location in the tank, which also isnt something I want with a taller viv like this.
 

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Keep the updates coming GRIMM. I'm looking forward to following the progress on this one. Use lots of glowing mushrooms!

Are you going to drill the bottom or side to plumb into your sump?

Cheers,
Scott
 

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Looks like its gonna be a sweet build. Where did you end up getting the wood from grimm?
I got the wood from TheDriftwoodStore.com ...I recommend this driftwood store to EVERYONE. Amazing service, website, and prices. He takes clear shots of every piece, with dimensions, and prices right on the website. I asked him if I could see a piece from a side view, he sent me a picture within an hour. Superb guy.

Keep the updates coming GRIMM. I'm looking forward to following the progress on this one. Use lots of glowing mushrooms!

Are you going to drill the bottom or side to plumb into your sump?

Cheers,
Scott
Bottom drilled sump. 3 holes. Return, supply, and a ball valved controled full drain when I want to do a complete water cleaning and suck out any particulates that have fallen through the false bottom.

What might have the privelege of staying in this mansion?
Most likely a family of Cristobals. My buddy Lance has recently had success with a little baby, and there are plenty of tads on thier way. I might change my mind down the road, but I want a decent sized egg feeder that will make use of all the precarious climbing areas in the tank. Possibly a family of Bastimentos, whichever tickles my fancy at the end of summer.
 

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Subscribed. I've always wanted to have a tank like this; viewable from multiple sides, background on one or both ends (to give it a "canyon" feel). I remember one tank very similar in size to yours from a couple years ago that a member here had at the foot of their bed. It was the only one I had seen like it and I can't find the thread..
 

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Looking forward to seeing this completed!

Also that driftwood store link you provided is amazing, thank you.
 

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I can't wait to see the finished result! Thanks for the driftwood link also, I found the perfect piece for my next setup!
 

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Grimm I have been waiting for this! Icannot wait to see it done! Thanks for posting the link i've been looking for some awesome pieces of driftwood!
 

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I know the G-mann fixture has built in fans (it really is an EPIC light fixture), but are you planning on further cooling? My concern would be that the halides are going to put out ALOT of heat that may transfer to the tank.

Cheers,
Scott
 

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It's a standard 75 Jason, and yes he started off right with a great light
 
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