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post #91 of 132 (permalink) Old 08-02-2012, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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wow im impressed with your skills, what kind of drill bit do you use to drill through slate for the wood? im assuming thats slate, it usually cracks so i just silicone it
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It's not slate. It's 1/4" PVC plastic. It's easy to work with.
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post #92 of 132 (permalink) Old 08-08-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Hey!

I just formatted a new video featuring this setup to explain the Forest Floor terrarium concept. This is the short (~5:00) version video that I made using some clips that I had. I'll make a somewhat longer one with more detail sometime pretty soon.

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It's so nice and peaceful looking Devin! You do a great job! Very impressive!
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post #94 of 132 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for watching Don!

That video is 5 minutes long, which is a long time for YouTube, but I didn't have much time to explain how everything works. I think I might use most of the same clips but cut them down less to make a longer more detailed video in two parts. I want to take some time to talk about livestock and plant selection too.

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Really nice setup, I just love it. I really like that you didn't do the usual faux rock wall and throw some plants on it.
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Really nice setup, I just love it. I really like that you didn't do the usual faux rock wall and throw some plants on it.
Thanks! Yeah I thought I figured out something different and I put a lot of effort into the idea, but nobody even notices it as such. I can tell you that there isn't anything out in nature really that looks like that standard viv construction with a vertical wall covered in eipiphytes, but I've had a number of people tell me that these setups that I make look wrong because there is no background. Oh well.
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Well, you should tell them to screw off! Who died and made the the vivarium police? Ugh.

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post #98 of 132 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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I got a few picture updates today! Here is detail of the planting up at the top of the manzanita.

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I got a couple pictures of one of the ghost mantises in there too. I'm still not keeping them in this enclosure; I still need to button it up a bit tighter. It has a loose plexiglass cover that I want to replace with glass.



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post #100 of 132 (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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I got this quick picture with the setup and a manzanita feature that I made for somebody else before I shipped it off. It looks kind of cool too with just the bare manzanita in there.

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post #101 of 132 (permalink) Old 08-24-2012, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
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I have a quick picture from a quick experimental setup in a 30 X High fish tank.



I don't know how long I might have this set up and I don't have any livestock ideas either. I might think about putting some frogs in here. I need to add some leaf litter to get it looking more natural.
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I love this!!! absolutely gorgeous :-)



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post #103 of 132 (permalink) Old 08-24-2012, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I just threw that together quick, but I did put some of my better-looking plants in there. I don't know if I will make it a regular planted viv layout or not.
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This is the same deal with a black background...

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post #105 of 132 (permalink) Old 08-24-2012, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Here it is again with names for most of the plants...



I sort of like this thing. Maybe I should just make it into a regular planted viv setup. What do you think? I could add some real thin manzanita branches to reach up from the bottom. This could be a good setup for a little group of Ranitomeya.
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