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12" X 12" X 18" Planted Viv

12" X 12" X 18" Planted Viv

This is just a placeholder for now, but I hope it will remind me to start this project.

I am going to do a planted viv setup in a 12" X 12" X 18" Exo Terra. I haven't settled on any specific kind of livestock yet, but I have some ideas for pretty cool plants to use.

I would have started this thread over in the Riparium/Vivarium/Terrarium sub-forum, but it is a but sleepy over there and I hope people can get a chance to see my work.

I might get a couple of Ranitomeya frogs to put in here eventually
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post #2 of 132 (permalink) Old 05-07-2012, 06:21 PM
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I'll try to remember to bump it often to keep the pressure on you.
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When you do this can you take some photos of you doing it.

I am planning on doing the same on a 20 Long and would love some more insight on the process!

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When you do this can you take some photos of you doing it.

I am planning on doing the same on a 20 Long and would love some more insight on the process!

Thanks and Good Luck!
Yep I'll get some pictures.

The whole thing will be really simple. I'll just use some plants and probably a nice manzanita stump as a centerpiece.
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Here's a pic of my 480 gallon viv for inspiration. It needs a trim and cleaning real bad. I keep some leuc's in there.
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Pugman, do you have any details on that 480 terrarium built? I assume it's custom made. My future project might be a 6 footer for banded luecs.
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Pugman, do you have any details on that 480 terrarium built? I assume it's custom made. My future project might be a 6 footer for banded luecs.
No, I've had it for 8 or 9 years. I started to take pictures at the beginning but got lazy. it took several months to build. I estimated about 40 hours. The tank was so heavy I couldn't lay it on its back. So I had to prop up pieces of wood to glue them in. Ive moved it twice.
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I got the Forest Floor false bottom plate cut. This is a prototype plate, not the regular manufactured part, but this is the design that it will use.



Last night I was up late fixing the enclosure. It had one busted glass pane, but I got it put back together again.
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That is a great looking plate, good to hear you have the enclosure repaired, now you can get a start on making it a piece of art.
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I got the Forest Floor false bottom plate cut. This is a prototype plate, not the regular manufactured part, but this is the design that it will use.Last night I was up late fixing the enclosure. It had one busted glass pane, but I got it put back together again.
What is a Forest Floor?

Last portion of this thread has pictures of a beautiful vivarium. http://www.azaquaticplants.com/commu...=14668&page=13

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That is a great looking plate, good to hear you have the enclosure repaired, now you can get a start on making it a piece of art.
Thanks! This Exo Terra is a small enclosure, but if I select the right plants and a nice piece of manzanita I should be able to put together an attractive planting

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What is a Forest Floor?
Forest Floor Terrariums are a new(ish) kind of way to grow terrarium plants and design terrarium layouts and there is an explanation in this thread....

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/lo...um-plants.html
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Watching this for sure.

That plate looks like something I can make on our waterjet/cnc router table! If I ever attempt one of these types of tanks, I would make one of those for sure!

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Watching this for sure.

That plate looks like something I can make on our waterjet/cnc router table! If I ever attempt one of these types of tanks, I would make one of those for sure!
I also have the kits here ready to go with two different models and more models on the way pretty soon.

The shop that cuts them for us uses a CNC router. They cut some prototypes with their laser cutter which made nice burr-free edges, but the plastic melted a little bit.

This is a fun way to manage the terrarium plants. In addition to the kit designs I am also trying to figure out the best kinds of plants to use and ways to design appealing terrarium layouts.
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It's a tight fit under that plastic door frame, but I got the false bottom plate into the enclosure.

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